Canadian amongst seven dead in London terror attack

Cheryl Sanders
June 5, 2017

His remarks at the annual fundraising event for the historic theater were his first public comments.

Trump's remarks come hours after he lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who urged the city's residents to remain calm following the attack.

US President Donald Trump offered his help, tweeting "WE ARE WITH YOU".

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" the USA president said in one tweet.

At least 48 people were also injured in the attack that took place on Saturday night around 10 pm, the third terror attack to hit Britain in less than three months and just days before the general election on June 8.

It was not the first time Trump has been accused of using a terror attack to make a political point, and with Londoners still in shock Sunday, the president's tweets drew angry responses on both sides of the Atlantic.

In response, a spokesperson for the London mayor said Khan "is busy working with the police, emergency services and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack".

Khan has used those words in a television interview, but it was to reassure Londoners about a stepped up police presence they might see - "No reason to be alarmed". He promoted a proposed travel ban on visitors from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees from around the world that has been blocked by USA courts.

Trump said the attack showed it was time to "stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people", after tweeting the night before - as the scenes of panic in London were still unfolding - that it underscored the need for his contested "travel ban" on several Muslim-majority nations.

In another tweet, Trump said "We need to be smart, vigilant and tough".

Those hurt included people stabbed in the face, neck and stomach, with the attackers reported to have wielded foot-long knives.

London authorities were in the early phase of responding to reports of attacks on London Bridge and other areas of the city when Trump weighed in on Twitter. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!

The Trump administration last week formally asked the Supreme Court, the highest court in the USA, to allow the ban to take effect, arguing that restricting immigration by refugees and visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is necessary to protect US national security.

After the initial ban became tied up in the courts, his administration issued a revised executive order which limited the ban to six countries.

Trump followed his tweet about the travel ban with a message of support for Britons, writing in all capital letters, "WE ARE WITH YOU".

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