Trump sons defend his criticism of London mayor
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 21:07
President Trump on Monday doubled down on his angry attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, calling his statement about Saturday's deadly terror spree "pathetic".
"I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the U.S. in circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", Khan told Britain's Channel 4 News.
Trump Jr. wrote "You have got to be kidding me?!" above a link to an article reporting comments Khan had made months earlier.
The Washington Examiner reported that Clinton called for solidarity and understanding worldwide in the wake of the latest London attack.
After a spokesman for the Mayor said that he wouldn't respond to the comments o thee President, a number of news outlets ran articles critical of the Trump.
After Khan told citizens of the city that they should not be alarmed by increased law enforcement presence, Trump tweeted, "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'"
First, he tweeted his support for the United Kingdom and also used the terror attack to push his travel ban agenda.
Trump misconstrued that statement, and went on to accuse Khan of making up a "pathetic excuse" for his remarks.
Mr Khan's spokesperson had described the first round of presidential tweets as "ill-informed" - and said they had deliberately taken his remarks out of context.
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 risky countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!
Earlier Theresa May defended the mayor, while stopping short of directly criticising Mr Trump.
"As the mayor of London I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit this ugly crimes; we will defeat you".
During the White House press briefing on June 5, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked whether Trump actually believed Khan was telling the people of London that they shouldn't be alarmed by the attack itself. Khan warned that the proposed cuts would lead to the loss of thousands of community police officers who "act as the eyes and ears of the security services, providing the intelligence and information that allows us to disrupt attempted terrorist attacks".
Trump also found himself in hot water over his tough-talking tweets defending his ban on travelers from several Muslim countries, which is now stalled in the federal courts.
Trump called Monday for a "much tougher version" of his travel ban and an "expedited" hearing for the measure before the Supreme Court.