Trump accuses London Mayor Khan of "pathetic excuse" over attack statement

"You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan", he tweeted.

President Trump for a second day lashed out at London's mayor on Twitter in the wake of a deadly terror attack in the city over the weekend.

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Khan said: "Londoners will see an increased police presence [Sunday] and over the course of the next few days".

"No reason to be alarmed", Khan said, describing a more visible presence as "one of things the police and all of us need to do to make sure we are as safe as we possibly can be".

Trump first took issue with Khan's comment on Sunday, suggesting in a tweet that the mayor was downplaying the attacks.

Mr Trump, during a series of tweets following the London Bridge terror assault, misrepresented Mr Khan's statement that there was "no reason to be alarmed" when seeking to reassure Londoners. Mainstream media - or MSM - "is working hard to sell it!"

Trump misconstrued that statement, and went on to accuse Khan of making up a "pathetic excuse" for his remarks.

Appearing on Channel 4 News, Mr Khan said Mr Trump was wrong about "many things" and that his state visit should not go ahead. Khan's spokesman said he was too busy to respond to Trump's "ill-informed" tweet.

"We're working with him, working together and that's important - central government and the London mayoralty and his officials working together to ensure we are responding to the attack and looking, as I said earlier, at the work that the police is doing to give the public extra protection and extra reassurance". Even British Prime Minister Theresa May, a Conservative, expressed her support for the mayor, a member of the Labour Party.

Sanders also denied that Trump had taken the mayor's remarks out of context, without providing an alternate explanation for what the president meant.

Lewis Lukens, the acting USA 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".

That said, he also believed the U.S. -U.K. intelligence-sharing relationship was too important for the president's intemperate tweets to cause a permanent rift. "And this president is trying to do something to protect the people of this country".

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