Trump renews criticism of London Mayor Khan over attack

Tammy Harvey
June 7, 2017

In a statement after terror attack in London which left seven victims and three terrorists dead, along with dozens of civilians wounded, said 'there is no reason to be alarmed!' "Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days - no reason to be alarmed", Khan had said in a statement broadcast on the BBC.

Hillary Clinton defended London mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday after President Donald Trump tweeted a criticism directed at Khan for the way he responded to the weekend terrorist attack in Britain.

"Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement".

According to The Hill, Khan doesn't fancy welcoming Donald Trump to England when he spewed such vitriol immediately following the London Bridge terrorist attack.

Trump has leaped on the London attacks as evidence of the need for hardline security measures in the United States, including a ban on travelers from some Muslim countries.

Khan never responded directly to Trump's tweets-his spokesperson explained that the mayor had "more important things to do".

British Prime Minister Theresa May was among those who came to Khan's defence. "I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the U.S. in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", said Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim Mayor of London.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump was stressing the importance of national security and maintained the president had not misrepresented what Khan had said.

On Monday, Clinton called for strengthened ties with global allies - a clear contrast with Trump, who has in recent days alarmed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and withdrawn the United States from a Paris climate accord. Not even sparing him at a fragile time of a terror attack, when the last thing Londoners want is to doubt their own mayor.

"Honestly, I've got better and more important things to focus on", he told Sky News.

Attackers on Saturday drove a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge before stabbing others near the city's Borough Market.

Trump mocked Khan's comment on Sunday, suggesting in a tweet that the mayor was downplaying the attacks. It's being touted that he was referring specifically to "a visible increase in police activity on the streets of London in the wake of the attack".

Mr Khan added: "Of course we should carry on talking to Donald Trump, the United States of America are close allies of ours".

In the article, Khan was reported as saying that being prepared for terror attacks was "part and parcel" of living in a major city.

Asked if Mr Trump's official trip to Britain will go ahead, Mrs May said: "Yes".

More than 1.8 million people have signed an online petition saying Trump should not make the state visit as it "could cause embarrassment" to the monarch.

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