By David Martosko
- Trump has fired off a series of angry tweets attacking the London Mayor
- He accused Khan of saying there was no reason for alarm after terror attack
- But Khan was reassuring Londoners not to worry about the extra police presence
- In a fresh attack, Trump said the London Mayor was making a ‘pathetic excuse’
- The US President’s latest tweet came hours after Theresa May defended Khan
Donald Trump today renewed his attack on Sadiq Khan over his handling of the London terror atrocity.
The US President sparked criticism when he laid into the Mayor of London on Twitter in the aftermath of the terror attack, which left seven dead and dozens injured.
He sent a tweet accusing Mr Khan of telling Londoners there was ‘no reason to be alarmed’ after the attack – misquoting the Labour mayor who was was reassuring the public not to be worried about the extra police on the streets.
But Mr Trump appears determined to continue his war of words with the London Mayor and today fired off another tweet attacking Mr Khan.
He wrote: ‘Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM (mainstream media) is working hard to sell it!’
It was not clear what ‘excuse’ the President was referring to.
The latest tweet came just hours after Prime Minister Theresa May stepped in to defend the Mayor of London in the wake of the President’s attacks.
The PM said Mr Khan was doing an ‘excellent job’ – although she repeatedly declined to criticise Mr Trump for sending the tweets.
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Donald Trump attacked London Mayor Sadiq Khan (right) for telling Londoners there was ‘no reason to be alarmed’ after Saturday’s horrific terror attack – but Khan was talking about an increased police presence
The president doubled down Monday on his feud with Sadiq Khan, despite taking him out of context on Sunday
Asked about the row after a speech at the Royal United Services Institute this morning in Whitehall, Mrs May said: ‘I think Sadiq is doing an excellent job.’
Mr Khan has been alongside the Prime Minister at the two emergency Cobra meetings – which includes senior Cabinet ministers and intelligence chiefs – held in the wake of the attack.
Asked if she would welcome a ‘period of silence’ from the US President, she dodged the the question.
She said: ‘I’m very clear that Sadiq is doing a good job as Mayor of London, we are working with him, working together.
‘And that’s important – central government and the London mayoralty and his officials working together to ensure that we are responding to the attack and looking at the work the police is doing to give the public extra protection and reassurance.’
A spokeswoman for Mr Khan gave a withering response to Mr Trump’s latest attack.
She said: ‘Nothing has changed since yesterday. The mayor is focused on dealing with Saturday’s horrific and cowardly attack and working with the police, the emergency services and the Government to keep London safe.’
Mr Trump’s attacks has sparked renewed calls for his state visit to Britain – due to take place in the autumn – to be cancelled.
Labour former minister David Lammy, who is standing for re-election in Tottenham on June 8, said Mr Trump is demeaning the office of president.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘You are truly beneath contempt. You are just a troll. Show some bottle please PM. Cancel the state visit and tell Trump where to get off.’
Mr Khan (pictured today with Met Commissioner Cressida Dick at the scene of the attack) has not yet responded personally to Mr Trump
The London Mayor’s staff has insisted he is too busy too to worry about rogue tweets from the President
He added: ‘You demean your office by misquoting and smearing the Mayor of a city that has just been attacked and is also the capital of your close ally.’
In another message he posted: ‘You besmirch the presidency, you taint previous Presidents with your behaviour & you bring shame on your great country and its great people.’
Taking any opportunity available to undermine Trump, former presidential-rival Hillary Clinton tweeted Sunday evening in support of Khan.
‘After acts of unspeakable cruelty & cowardice, the people of London & the UK choose resolve over fear. Your friends in the US stand w/ you,’ Clinton wrote.
Theresa May, pictured today giving a campaign speech in Whitehall, today defended Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who she said is doing an ‘excellent job’
In a television interview, Khan had said: ‘Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There’s no reason to be alarmed.’
Then Sunday morning, Trump tweeted: ‘We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse.’
‘At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”‘
Labour former minister David Lammy called for Mr Trump’s state visit to Britain to be cancelled following the US President’s attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan
Taking any opportunity available to undermine the President, former presidential-rival Hillary Clinton tweeted Sunday evening in support of London’s mayor
A spokesman for Khan’s office responded to Trump’s weekend tweets, saying: ‘The Mayor is busy working with the police, emergency services and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack.
‘He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police – including armed officers – on the streets.’
Liberal celebrities including JK Rowling, George Takei and Katie Couric joined in Clinton’s critique, tweeting their outrage and condemning Trump.
Writer JK Rowling wrote: ‘It’s called ‘leadership’, Donald. The terrorists were dead 8 minutes after police got the call. If we need an alarmist blowhard, we’ll call.’
Actor George Takei said: ‘He said there was no reason to be alarmed by the increased police presence over the next few days, you hare-brained miscreant. Sit down.’
‘Just imagine if they had easy, unfettered access to powerful semi-automatic weapons,’ he added.
‘We should all express our sympathy and support to the people of London and the officials there,’ tweeted Katie Couric.
Actor and comedian Jon Favreau jabbed: ‘It’s hard to read Trump’s tweets this morning and not think that we’re one domestic attack away from the most dangerous version of this guy.’
The three attackers (one suspect seen lying down, with fake bomb vest) drove into people on London Bridge just after 10pm Saturday, then ran through a popular nightlife area, attacking civilians before they were shot by police
American and British celebrities responded to Trump’s tweet, showing their outrage and pointing to the fact that the attack would have been worse if the attackers had guns
The attack occurred late Saturday night, beginning when three jihadis – who have not yet been identified – swerved into crowds of people on London bridge at speeds of up to 50mph shortly before 10:10 p.m.
The three attackers, then left the van with 12-inch hunting knives and fake suicide vests and went on a random stabbing spree, shouting ‘this is for Allah.’
They then went on to nearby Borough Market, a popular nightlife area with packed-out restaurants and bars.
Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead all three suspects within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call and placed the area on lock-down.
By the end of the rampage, seven people were left dead and a further 48 were wounded.
The identities of the attackers in the horrific killing spree are still being sought; the area they attacked is still on lock down and the terror threat level remains at ‘severe’ meaning another attack is ‘highly likely’ according to authorities
In an official tweet, Khan said he was ‘furious’ about the terrorist attack. A spokesman for his office also dismissed Trump’s comments as ‘ill-informed’ and said Khan had ‘more important things to do’ than to worry about the tweets
Victims: As well as those wounded and killed, many witnesses were left in a state of shock Saturday. Some reported seeing people being stabbed in the face and throat
It was only after making his initial tweet about reinstating the travel ban that Trump then addressed the actual attack, saying that the US will do whatever it can to help
Trump also used the terror attacks in London as a jumping-off point to bring up a series of US policy questions.
Shortly after his tweet about Khan, Trump hit out at calls for tighter gun laws in the US, noting that the London attackers didn’t use firearms in their assault.
‘Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now?’ he asked. ‘That’s because they used knives and a truck!’
And his first response to the attack was to tweet: ‘We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!’
It was only after making his travel ban tweet that Trump addressed the attack on the UK.
‘Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!’ he tweeted.
Other celebrities criticized Trump’s decision to push his political agenda before expressing his solidarity with the British people and some people implied that the British weren’t interested in his solidarity.
Source: Daily Mail