Trump lashes out at London mayor -- again

Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, did not respond to the White House's attack.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the Government to cancel the planned state visit by Donald Trump after the U.S. president continued to criticise his response to the London Bridge terror attack.

Trump first tweeted over the weekend about Khan's comments to Londoners telling them there was "no need to be alarmed" by an increase in police presence in the streets.

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" Trump tweeted in response.

Shortly after becoming mayor, Khan criticized Trump's proposed Muslim ban, saying Trump's "ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe - it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays in to the hands of the extremists".

But she stopped short from attacking Trump.

The venomous tweet sparked intense backlash as critics in the United Kingdom and stateside charged that the president had deliberately misrepresented Khan's tweet.

But Mr Trump on Sunday accused him of playing down the threat and on Monday said the mayor's clarification of his statement was a "pathetic excuse".

The ex-LBC radio host has appeared on the Fox News channel in the wake of the attack on Saturday night, on a programme that Trump is known to watch religiously.

Khan condemned the attack on Sunday, telling BBC that he's "appalled and furious" at what the "cowardly terrorists" did.

Before holding a minute's silence, Khan, the first Muslim to be elected mayor of a major west European city, said: "I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit these ugly crimes".

Prime Minister May, the Conservative Party leader, was asked earlier on Monday about Trump's criticism of Khan. "And there are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong".

"I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it's wrong to say anything else - he's doing a good job", she told reporters at an election campaign event.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told NBC Monday that Trump's tweet Sunday was not a political attack.

Trump, however, is clearly not as pressed for time and chose to brand Sadiq Khan's excuse "pathetic".

British counterterrorism investigators searched two homes Monday and detained "a number" of people in the investigation into a van and knife attack in the heart of London that left seven people dead.

In subsequent tweets, Lammy added: "You demean your office by misquoting and smearing the Mayor of a city that has just been attacked and is also the capital of your close ally".

  • Leroy Wright