Trump renews criticism of London Mayor Khan over attack

07 June, 2017, 18:49 | Author: Valerie Burke

US President Donald Trump renewed his online criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday, calling his statements "pathetic" in the wake of Saturday's terrorist attack.

Khan had told Londoners there was "no reason to be alarmed" about an increased police presence in the coming days.

Trump has leaped on the London attacks as evidence of the need for hardline security measures in the United States, including a ban on travelers from some Muslim countries.

Although Khan responded to past attacks from the president, he denied doing so this week, with his office saying that the mayor "has more important things than responding to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet".

Mr Khan told the Press Association: "I've said for a long time that I think that the invitation from Prime Minister Theresa May to Donald Trump for a state visit was premature". Trump has used the policy, stalled now in U.S. courts, as an example of the sort of toughness that he says Khan refuses to show amid terrorism attacks that are riling the United Kingdom.

However, when asked by BuzzFeed News what it would take for her to publicly criticise Donald Trump, she was less direct: "Well I've been been very clear, I've been very happy to say that I think President Trump is wrong to have taken America out of the climate change agreement, out of the Paris agreement". Not even sparing him at a fragile time of a terror attack, when the last thing Londoners want is to doubt their own mayor.

The acting U.S. ambassador to the UK, Lewis Lukens, meanwhile appeared to distance himself from Trump's initial tweet, writing on Sunday: "I commend the strong leadership of the mayor of London as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack".

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Ever since Mr Trump came into power, both Mr Khan and him have had a bitter relationship as the USA president and his family has never left a chance to put Mr Khan on the spot, often taking his quotes out of context; all this only because he is Muslim.

Trump has repeatedly twisted Khan's words on Twitter.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan (C), Home Secretary Amber Rudd (R) and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott (L) hold flowers at Potters Fields Park in London on June 5, 2017, during a vigil to commemorate the victims of the terror attack on London Bridge and at Borough Market that killed seven people on June 3, 2017.

In the article, Khan was reported as saying that being prepared for terror attacks was "part and parcel" of living in a major city.

Khan's remarks about not being alarmed referred to the heightened police presence in the city, not with the threat of terrorism itself.

Khan hits back later when asked by Britain's Channel 4 News if he thought Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom should be called off.

In March, after an attack by an Islamic militant that left five people dead in Westminster, central London, Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. issued a tweet that criticised Khan.

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