Trump Returns to Twitter to Criticise London Mayor Khan Over Attack

President Donald Trump has been feuding with London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of several deadly terror attacks in the city.

In the hours after Saturday night's attack, which killed seven people and left dozens seriously injured, Trump suggested that Khan had told Londoners "not to be alarmed" about the attack.

"I don't wish to enter into a row between those two individuals", Johnson said of Trump and Khan, adding they are "probably perfectly able to stick up for themselves". Trump tweeted on Monday.

Khan also stopped by Good Morning Britain, where the always-contrary Piers Morgan first (at the beginning of the below clip) tried to argue that Trump might have a point about how to stop terror, but Khan didn't buy into the argument because of what he calls Trump's "ignorant" history of Islamophobic remarks and policies.

Trump and Khan have had bad blood since, during his campaign for mayor, he had criticized Trump's "Muslim ban".

Khan did say there was "no reason to be alarmed" when speaking to Sky News, though he was speaking to Londoners about increased police presence following the attack, not about terrorism.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson - Khan's predecessor as mayor of London - told BBC radio Tuesday that "the invitation has been issued and accepted and I see no reason to change that".

The mayor's spokesman earlier made clear that he was telling Londoners not to be anxious about the increased presence of armed police officers in the city.

"Police officers in our communities act as the eyes and ears of the security services, providing the intelligence and information that allow us to disrupt attempted terrorist attacks".

President Trump has used the most recent attack to again bring attention to his executive order that bans travel into the US from six Muslim-majority countries, an action that is caught up in court.

The police have since been raiding locations in East London and Essex detaining 12 people, mostly women.

May announced Trump would make a state visit to the United Kingdom later this year, though no date has been made public.

It was met with a barrage of criticism in both Britain and the United States, with former Vice President Al Gore among many public figures who accused Trump of misrepresenting what Khan had said.

"I don't understand why Donald Trump is trying to undermine a man who's trying to protect the people of London". You stand with them in times of adversity, but you call them our when they are wrong. "I'm not tangoing with this guy, I've got better things to do", said Mr Khan. When the British press ridiculed Trump's out-of-context quote, the president returned to Twitter to accuse the media of buying the mayor's "pathetic excuse".

Deputy White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Monday that she did not think it was correct to characterise Trump's tweets as "picking a fight" with Khan.

Mr Khan's spokesman said the mayor had "more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet".

  • Leroy Wright