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Trump Spotted At Golf Club With Peyton Manning

| by Michael Doherty

President Donald Trump was spotted at one of his golf clubs with former NFL star Peyton Manning and Republican Sen. Bob Corker on June 4, the day after London was struck by a deadly terror attack.

While the White House hasn't commented on what the trio was doing at the Trump National Golf Club, reporters have said golf clubs were unloaded from Trump's motorcade when he returned to the White House, according to CNN. The group was reported to have spent around 4 1/2 hours at the club.

Manning was set to be honored with the Lincoln medal, which is given to those who exemplify "the lasting legacy and mettle of character embodied by the most beloved president in our nation's history, President Abraham Lincoln," pool reports said.

In a 2016 interview, Trump said that Manning was "a very good guy."

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"I very much have always liked Peyton Manning," said Trump. "He is a very good guy. I know him. And he is a very, very good guy. So, I have to go with the person I know and I like ... But I will stick with Peyton, because he is a very good guy."

The president criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of a terror attack that left seven dead and 48 injured. He wrote a series of tweets criticizing the mayor's handling of the situation.

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" tweeted Trump, referring to a statement Khan had released earlier.

"Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days," said Khan in the statement according to CNBC. "There's no reason to be alarmed."

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"We are all shocked and angry today - but this is our city," said Khan in a tweet. "We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism."

A spokesperson for Khan responded to Trump's tweet, saying that 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."

The spokesperson also said Khan "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 doubled down on his criticism the next day, tweeting, "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his 'no reason to be alarmed' statement. [Mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!"

A spokesman for Khan reiterated the mayor's response from the day before.

"Nothing has changed since yesterday," said the spokesman. "The Mayor is focused on dealing with Saturday's horrific and cowardly attack and working with the police, the emergency services and the Government to keep London safe."

Sources: CNN (2), CNBC / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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