Scrap Trump's state visit, urges London mayor Sadiq Khan
- Author: Myrtle Hill Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 14:13
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. The mayor had told London residents not to be concerned by a stepped-up police presence in the city after the incident.
"I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the United States of America in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", Khan said to Britain's Channel 4 News. 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".
She said she is not aware of anyone vetting Trump's tweets before they are published.
City Hall declined to respond to Trump's comments, beyond claiming they were "ill-informed" and deliberately took Khan's remarks out of context.
Khan told the BBC Monday that Trump's comments will not "divide our communities". "One of the things the police, all of us need to do is make sure we're as safe as we possibly can be", Khan said.
The Associated Press (AP), a New York-based multinational newswire, turned heads Monday with a damning first line in a story about US President Donald Trump.
"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'"
Trump's former Democratic presidential opponent has emerged as a top critic of the President's actions since he took office - increasingly using her speeches and public appearances to push back on policies coming out of the White House.More news: Delhi: IAS officer found dead in swimming pool in Ber Sarai club
Earlier Theresa May defended the mayor, while stopping short of directly criticising Mr Trump. He went much further in Monday's tweet.
In a series of tweets that began late Saturday, Trump also pushed his stalled travel ban, mocked gun control supporters and pledged that the United States will be there to help London and the United Kingdom.
Trump accused Khan of making a "pathetic excuse" over his statement urging Londoners not to be alarmed by the presence of additional police on the streets in response to the attack.
USA lawmakers from both political parties criticized Trump for raising the travel ban and assailing Khan. "It risks alienating mainstream Muslims".
"If you're going to see something and say something, it has to be followed by, do something", she said.
"We saw on Saturday night some of the people in the health service, some of the consultants, surgeons, were Muslims surgeons, some of them people who'd come to this country from Muslim majority countries", the mayor continued.
Trump said he had spoken with May to express America's "unwavering support" and offer US assistance as the British government works to protect its citizens and bring the guilty to justice. Police shot dead all three attackers.