Trump criticizes London's mayor, again

Cheryl Sanders
June 6, 2017

Khan's quote was meant to reassure Londoners that increased police presence meant no reason to be alarmed, but Trump misconstrued Khan's words to mean the was normalizing terror attacks.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday doubled down on his criticism of London mayor's reaction after a couple of deadly attacks killed at least seven and injured dozens more. "Mainstream media is working hard to sell it!" he wrote.

On the one hand, Trump's response to the London attack, in which 7 people died only two weeks after a horrendous suicide bombing in Manchester, was par for the course.

Trump posted that the U.S. Department of Justice should have pushed his "original" travel ban, or sought a tougher version of the executive order meant to temporarily bar citizens of six predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States, and not the "watered down, politically correct version" now in front of the Supreme Court.

Speaking to the BBC after the vigil, Mr Khan said: "We've got to recognise that some people want to divide our communities, some people thrive on fuelling division".


On Sunday (Monday NZT), a spokesman for the London mayor said he was working with the police, emergency services and government to coordinate the response to the attack, and had "more important things to do" than to respond to Trump.

But over the weekend, his office issued a statement tersely declining to respond to Trump's "ill-informed tweet". You can see examples of this here and here and here, among many others.

This was tweeted just after the first London terror attack from a few months back, but the interview was from a year ago in respoonse to a NY incident, and I don't think Trump Jr. knew this.

Khan says that London residents should expect to see an intensified police presence in the wake of the attacks.

"President Trump's attack on him is unacceptable". "And there are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong". That last sentence is what Trump chose to take out of context and publicly attack. Trump later challenged Khan to an IQ test during an interview on ITV.


The tweet revived the president's long-running row with the mayor, who has time and time again spoken out about the president's anti-Muslim policies and remarks.

When asked how his proposal to bar Muslims from entering the USA would affect people like Khan, Trump told the New York Times that "there will always be exceptions". The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

"When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate". The reality of that tweet is that Trump took the "no reason to be alarmed" phrase out of context, turning it into a slam against the mayor.

Earlier Theresa May defended the mayor, while stopping short of directly criticising Mr Trump.

After all, as a candidate Trump said himself that foreign terror attacks were good for his political fortunes - and he's reacted to other foreign terrorist incidents by seeming to teeter on the edge of gloating that he had predicted them.


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