Politics

Trump Under Fire For Tweet About London Mayor

| by Michael Howard

President Donald Trump drew widespread criticism for a tweet in which he slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan's response to the recent terror attack that left seven people dead and dozens more injured.

Trump's controversial tweet came after Khan released a statement telling Londoners there was "no reason to be alarmed" about the increased police presence in the city in the days following the attack.

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" the president tweeted on June 4.

In a follow-up tweet, he added: "We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse."

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A spokesperson for Khan dismissed Trump's remarks and said the mayor has bigger things to worry about.

"He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police -- including armed officers -- on the streets," the spokesperson stated.

Others were quick to weigh in. Appearing on CNN, former Vice President Al Gore agreed that Trump had distorted Khan's words.

"I don't think that a major terrorist attack like this is the time to be divisive and to criticize a mayor who's trying to organize his city's response to this attack," Gore said, according to Reuters.

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David Lammy of the UK's Labor Party described Trump's tweet as "cheap, nasty and unbecoming of a national leader" and said it made him "want to quit politics."

Brendon Cox, whose wife, legislator Jo Cox, was shot and stabbed to death by a right-wing terrorist in June 2016, blasted Trump on Twitter.

"You represent the worst of your country, [Sadiq Khan] represents some of the best of ours," he wrote.

Trump has since doubled down on his original tweet.

"Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his 'no reason to be alarmed' statement," he tweeted on June 5, according to CNN. "[Mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!"

The feud between Trump and Khan goes back to 2015, when the latter said Trump "doesn't have a clue about London." The comment was a response to Trump assertion that certain parts of London were unsafe.

Khan renewed his criticism in 2016, stating that Trump had "ignorant views." In response, Trump called Khan "ignorant" and suggested that they compare IQs.

Khan was also a vocal opponent of Trump's proposed travel ban, which he called "cruel and shameful."

Reuters reports that ISIS has claimed responsibility for the London attack, in which three men drove a van into a crowd of people on London Bridge before getting out and stabbing people at random. The attackers were eventually shot and killed by responding officers.

Sources: Reuters, CNN (2) / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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