Trump Uses Twitter To Go After London Mayor

Cheryl Sanders
June 6, 2017

"I don't see that the president is picking a fight with the mayor of London at all", deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Sanders said at Monday's press briefing.

He said many people were "very anxious that she was at the Home Office for all this time, presided over these cuts in police numbers, and now is saying that we have a problem".

Trump's aides had once contended that the executive order was not a ban, despite the president's use of the term.

In a series of tweets, Trump lashed out at Khan, who reportedly suggested there was no reason for alarm after three attackers drove a van into crowds on London Bridge and then went on a stabbing rampage in nearby Borough Market.

He tweeted: "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement". Khan has sought to reassure Londoners that the increased police presence in the city is not a reason for alarm.

The news raise questions both about the police's judgement, and increases pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, who three days before a national election is facing criticism for overseeing cuts to police during her years as interior minister.

In another tweet, he added, "In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the order to help keep our country safe". Conway would not say whether the president should apologize to Khan and, instead, argued that there's an "obsession with covering everything Trump says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president". After Trump's tweet, Acting Ambassador Lewis Lukens issued a three-part tweet under the U.S. Embassy London account. "It's social media", Gorka told CNN.

But Mr. Trump mischaracterized Khan's statement to London residents following a vehicle and knife attack that left seven people dead and dozens injured.

Despite a widespread backlash against the president's interpretation of the London mayor's statement, he rehashed it yet again today.

This isn't the first time the Trump family has taken Khan's words out of context in an effort to smear him. "I'm reassured that we are one of the safest global cities in the world, if not the safest global city in the world, but we always evolve and review ways to make sure that we remain as safe as we possibly can". The courts are slow and political!

Trump responded by calling Khan "ignorant" and challenging him to an IQ test. You stand with them in times of adversity, but you call them out when they are wrong.

"We need to be smart, vigilant and tough".

The president has stepped up his calls for implementing the travel ban following the weekend attacks in London.

He urged the Justice Department to strengthen his travel bans, even though it is him, not the department, that would control that.

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