Gabby Giffords Criticizes Trump for Bypassing 'Gun Debate' After London Knife Attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 4:43
"When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate".
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!"
Trump's tweets came after a morning in which he insisted that his travel ban, which attempted to block immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries before it was halted by federal courts, was a necessary measure to prevent attacks like the one that occurred in London.
Following two pointed tweets from Trump, which misconstrued a statement from London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the British politician was largely dismissive of the President's criticisms. Immediately after the deadly attacks in London, Trump turned to Twitter to comment on the attacks. The Mayor had told Londoners that they would see an increased police presence in the days following the attacks, adding that they should not be alarmed by this.
While British officials can point to a need to be diplomatic with the U.S., May has previously shown herself capable of attacking other leaders. "That's because they used knives and a truck".
Lewis Lukens, the acting United States ambassador to the United Kingdom (a permanent one has yet to be confirmed) tweeted: "I commend the strong leadership of the Mayor of London as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack". Shortly afterwards, the U.K. Metropolitan Police Department sent a tweet of their own, telling people to follow them for information on the attack and to stop spreading rumors.
"The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!" the president tweeted.
May's concession on Monday that she was "not afraid to say when President Trump gets things wrong" follows her openly complaining last month about US security agencies leaking details of the Manchester Arena suicide bombing, which British police said hurt their investigation.
But by lunchtime on Sunday, as many Britons were still digesting the news from overnight, Mr Trump's tweets struck again.
"This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end".
The London attacks bring out the best in Britain and in Western leaders on the European continent; it brings out the worst in Trump and his followers.
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".
After receiving blowback for that obnoxious missive, he tweeted out, "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U".
USA lawmakers from both political parties criticized Trump for raising the travel ban and assailing Khan.