White House Defends Trump Criticisms of London Mayor

It was a case of deja vu as a tweet by President Donald Trump criticizing London Mayor Sadiq Khan after this weekend's terror attack in the British capitol drew swift criticism when Trump took Sadiq's comments out of context, as Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., had done in March following another terrorist attack.

Trump accused Khan - London's first Muslim mayor - of offering a "pathetic excuse" for comments that the United States president earlier misconstrued about policing in response to Saturday's attack, which left seven people dead.

In his Monday's outburst, Trump also attacked the media for supporting Khan, saying they were "working hard" to sell the mayor's argument. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, Khan said there was "no cause for alarm" when referring to a visible increase in police activity on the streets of London.

Tensions between Westminster and the White House have been fraught for several weeks after intelligence gathered by the United Kingdom security services on the Manchester Arena attack was leaked to USA media.

"Not at all", Sanders said.

Trump was commenting Sunday evening on the vehicle and knife attack that killed at least seven people in London at the conclusion of a Sunday night fundraiser for Ford's Theater, scene of one of the most famous acts of bloodshed in American history: the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Early Monday morning, continuing where he left off the previous night, Trump tweeted, "People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!"

Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, said to the crowd today, "London stands in defiance against this cowardly attack on our city, our people, our values and our way of life".

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Mr Khan's spokesperson had described the first round of presidential tweets as "ill-informed" - and said they had deliberately taken the mayor's remarks out of context. There is no reason to be alarmed by this. "And you will never succeed in dividing our city", Khan added.

Donald Trump has doubled down on his criticism of Sadiq Khan in the wake of Saturday's terror attack in central London. "We send our love to the victims' families and to all those who are injured", Khan said.

Former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore said on CNN's "State of the Union: "I don't think that a major terrorist attack like this is the time to be divisive and to criticize a mayor who's trying to organize his city's response to this attack".

Clinton also said it was not a time to "lash out" or to use terror for "political gain", an apparent reference to Trump's tough attitude on the attack.

  • Zachary Reyes