USA mayors back Sadiq Khan in Donald Trump Twitter row

Tammy Harvey
June 6, 2017

When asked how relevant Trump's tweets are, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said "they matter in the sense that they give him a communications tool" but said "the media obsesses over every period, dot".

On Monday the president brushed aside criticism of his original posting, tweeting: "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement".

The president took Khan's words out of context. British police said they were dealing with "incidents" on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market in the heart of the British capital Saturday, as witnesses reported a vehicle veering off the road and hitting several pedestrians.

"Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There's no reason to be alarmed", he had said.

The mayor urged his constituents to remain vigilant because "an attack across the country is still highly likely".

The White House on Monday denied suggestions from USA reporters that Trump "picked a fight" with Khan "because he was Muslim".

Trump also addressed the London attack Sunday night at the conclusion of a fundraiser for Ford's Theater, scene of one of the most famous acts of bloodshed in American history: the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

This prompted Mr Khan's spokesman to state the mayor has "more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed" tweet, before Mr Khan later suggested he does not regard Mr Trump's planned state visit as welcome.

"It's a time for steady, determined leadership - like we are seeing from local authorities in London, including the mayor of London." she said, per CNN.

Trump had faced a barrage of criticism on Sunday over an earlier Tweet that said: "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'". "MSM is working hard to sell it!", Trump said in a Tweet.

Trump's tweets were criticised by a number of British politicians.

Senior Labour parliamentary member David Lammy chimed in with his own tweet, describing Trump as "just a troll". Show some bottle please PM.

"America sends our thoughts and prayers and our deepest sympathies to the victims of this evil slaughter and we renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life, and it's gone on too long", Trump said.

Prime Minister Theresa May came to Khan's defense, saying he was doing a "good job" and that they were working together closely in the wake of the weekend attack.

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