Donald Trump Jr. defended his father's criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan during an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America."
In an interview that aired the morning of June 6, President Donald Trump's oldest son suggested Khan is not doing enough to address the issue of terrorism in his city.
"Rather than the mayor of London attacking, maybe he should do something about it," Donald Trump Jr. said, according to the New York Post. "Maybe he should do something to fix the problem rather than just sit there and pretend there isn’t one. I think that’s an important message."
He went on to say his father's tweets are unfairly scrutinized by the media and that he is "proven right every time."
"Every time he puts something out there he gets criticized by the media all day, every day by everyone else and guess what? Two weeks later he’s proven to be right," he said.
"It happened again and we keep appeasing it and keep saying, 'OK, it’s going to be great. We’re going to hold fast and we’re going to keep calm and carry on,'" Donald Trump Jr. added. "Maybe we have to keep calm and actually do something. And I think that’s what [the president is] trying to say because he’s been proven right every time."
The controversy stems from a tweet Trump sent out in which he slammed Khan for telling Londoners not to be alarmed by the increased police presence in the city following the June 3 terror 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.
The following day, he doubled down on his criticism, 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!"
During the White House press briefing on June 5, deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked whether the president actually believed Khan was telling the people of London that they shouldn't be alarmed by the attack itself.
"Look, I think that the point is, there is a reason to be alarmed," Huckabee Sanders said, according to the Daily Mail. "We have constant attacks going on not just there but across the globe, and we have to start putting national security and global security at an all-time high."
She added: "President Trump has been very clear that's his priority and he's not backing away from that."
In the wake of the president's comments, Khan has publicly stated that Trump's scheduled official visit to the U.K. should be canceled.
"I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for," Khan told Channel 4 News, according to The Guardian. "When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong."