Trump seizes on London attack to push domestic crackdown

Then, on Monday, he combined another shot at Khan with criticism of the mainstream media, tweeting: "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement".

The White House on Monday denied suggestions from US reporters that Trump "picked a fight" with Khan "because he was Muslim".

Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Monday condemned what she called the media's "obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president".

"I think to suggest something like that is utterly ridiculous".

The president, tweeting early Sunday morning after the attack, criticized remarks by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, in which he shared with Londoners that there would be increased police in the city and emphasized there was "no reason to be alarmed".

Mr Trump criticised Mr Khan on Twitter for saying there was "no reason to be alarmed" after the attack.

He followed that up Monday by doubling down on the alleged need for a travel ban, tweeting: That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain unsafe countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!

Khan's spokesman said he was too busy to respond to Trump's "ill-informed" tweet and Khan later told the BBC that "some people thrive on feud and division".

"It's even more important that we work together with our allies and our friends and our partners - yes, to keep us safe, but also to expand our understanding of what we can achieve together", Clinton said.

Khan is elected as the first Muslim mayor of London.

Trump's attack on Khan has drawn sharp criticism not in the United Kingdom but also from American officials.

The condemnation has been led by Tony Blair's former press secretary Alastair Campbell, who likened Trump's strategist Steve Bannon to a Nazi officer in a volcanic tweet.

Trump also stressed that his proposal was a "travel ban", a description his aides have disputed in the past.

In London, Lew Lukens, the acting USA ambassador, also contradicted Trump, praising Khan's leadership.

"He has risen above this crisis of death and destruction, as mayors continue to do, to alleviate fear, to bring comfort to his people of London and to give support to the first responders who continue to protect, defend and provide emergency care to his people of London", the statement said.

It is the second day that Trump has twisted the mayor's words.

In an appearance on NBC's "Today Show", Conway said people should pay attention to what the president is doing, saying people in England had tried to inform authorities about the terrorists before the attacks happened.

Earlier this week the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to review the legality of the president's executive order on a travel ban, which a series of lower court rulings have kept from going into effect.

  • Leroy Wright