London mayor tells AP he doesn't care about Trump tweets
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 9:16
"And guess what, he's been proven right about it, every time". Mark it all down as further evidence that the most effective opponent of the Trump Presidency is Donald J. Trump.
Khan and Trump have had a bitter back-and-forth in the days since the attack, exacerbating the already tense relationship between the British people and the US government. He was referring to a World War Two-era slogan of resilience, to "keep calm and carry on", that Britons have echoed following the London attack. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack that killed seven and injured 48. As early as last fall, he declared that terrorist attacks are "part and parcel of living in a big city".
"Rather than the mayor of London attacking, maybe he should do something about it", Trump Jr. said in the interview. "I think, again, the president's point is something he said frankly back nearly two years now - a year and a half ago - when the president talked about how we have to be more committed to national security". But Khan, in an interview with AFP, reiterated his view that the invitation was "premature".
Following Saturday's attack, the presence of police in London increased and Khan remarked on the phenomenon, saying people should not be alarmed by the increase. "No reason to be alarmed", Khan said while addressing residents.
Khan had warned Londoners that an increased police presence in the wake of the attacks was nothing to worry about. Mainstream outlets and British officials criticized him for taking Khan's comments out of context, as well as accusations of racism as Khan is a practicing Muslim.
"I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the United States of America in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", Khan said of Trump, with whom he has had a contentious relationship for months.
On Monday, Trump continued his criticism, saying Khan's excuse for his statement was "pathetic" and he had to "think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement". "MSM is working hard to sell it!"
In response, Trump has noted that "it is ignorant for him to say that" and has called Khan's leadership abilities into question.
"I don't think we should be rolling out the red carpet to the president of the U.S.A.in circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", said Khan.
No date has been set for the visit, which was agreed during May's visit to Washington in January and viewed as a sign of her desire to maintain good ties with Britain's traditional close ally as Trump began his presidency.
"What Donald Trump did in response to the British tragedy was, again, I think, inappropriate for a toddler, much less the president of the United States", Rep. Jim Himes of CT said on CNN's New Day.