President Donald Trump and Fox News attacked London Mayor Sadiq Khan soon after the London terror attacks of June 3 (video below).
Khan, who is a Muslim, told a TV audience on June 4 that there was an increased police presence, notes The Guardian:
My message to Londoners and visitors to our great city is to be calm and vigilant today. You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this. We are the safest global city in the world.
You saw last night as a consequence of our planning, our preparation, the rehearsals that take place, the swift response from the emergency services tackling the terrorists and also helping the injured.
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Khan seemed to be referring to the heightened police presence when he said that there was "no reason to be alarmed."
In response to this statement, Trump attacked Khan on June 4 on Twitter: "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'"
Khan's spokesperson responded to Trump, notes The Guardian:
The mayor is busy working with the police, emergency services and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack and provide leadership and reassurance to Londoners and visitors to our city.
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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.
Trump went after Khan again on June 5 with another tweet: "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his 'no reason to be alarmed' statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!"
The acting U.S. ambassador to the U.K., Lewis Lukens, contradicted Trump by praising Khan with a tweet on June 4: "I commend the strong leadership of [Khan] as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack."
Matthew Gertz of Media Matters tweeted a clip of a "Fox and Friends" broadcast on June 5 in which an unidentified guest accused Khan of using the "weasel phrase" of "you don't need to be alarmed":
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, used this weasel phrase yesterday. He said, "You don't need to be alarmed." He said, "This one of the safest world cities on the planet." By world cities, he means places like New York, London or Paris that have become big multicultural centers where there are whole areas that you don't know what is going on, and people are running mosques, people are part of networks. It's a very slippery phrase when you allow essentially areas of your city to secede from the nation.
"Fox and Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade asserted: "As a Muslim mayor, I would love to have seen him to speak up and tell us the difference between what he thinks and what they think."
The Guardian notes that Khan condemned the attacks:
This was a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night. I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts.