Trump accuses London Mayor of 'pathetic excuse' over attack statement

Khan did use 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".

But British Prime Minister Theresa May said Khan was doing a "good job", echoing public sentiment across London.

Soon after Saturday night's terrorist attack in London, where seven were killed and almost 50 were injured, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis was asked for his reaction to the deadly incident.

British Police has arrested a dozen people in connection with the attacks.

After Trump's criticism, one of the mayor's spokesmen said in response to Trump's tweets that Khan had "more important things to do" in terms of overseeing the city's response and recovery. Photo by Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne.

"Police officers in our communities act as the eyes and ears of the security services, providing the intelligence and information that allows us to disrupt attempted terrorist attacks".

After his election a year ago, Khan tweeted criticism of then-candidate Trump's rhetoric, saying that his "ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe".

With the seven victims of Saturday's attack not yet buried, Trump repeatedly criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan, whom he accused of playing down the terror threat.

"MSM (mainstream media) is working hard to sell it!"

"The point is, there is a reason to be alarmed".

Mr Khan also accused Mr Trump of being "ignorant" about Islam and making both the United States and United Kingdom "less safe".

Still, his response to the London attacks was a jarring reminder of how his whiplash instincts shatter the mold of conventional presidential behavior.

Trump criticized the mayor without understanding the context.

"I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it is wrong to say anything else", she said.

In fact, Khan was referring specifically to increased police patrols on the streets of London, and reassuring its residents not to be unduly concerned by that escalation. No reason to be alarmed.

Khan has pushed back, calling Trump bigoted and saying that he doesn't need advice from the US President.

However, he avoided mentioning his earlier outbursts on Twitter that had used the London attacks to push for the reinstatement of a travel ban from mainly Muslim countries and another that criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

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".

The video shows a small group of far-right activists engaged in a counter-protest at a much larger anti-racism rally in London on 18 March, at which demonstrators carried signs saying "Stand up to Trump".

  • Leroy Wright