London mayor on Trump tweets: 'I really don't care'

by Garry Watts June 10, 2017, 7:05

Trump's tweet renewed his mischaracterization of Khan's statement to London residents following the attack that left seven people dead and dozens injured.

"Having said that, I think Donald Trump is wrong in what he said about [Mayor] Sadiq Khan, in relation to the attack on London Bridge".

But speaking to Britain's Channel 4 news he repeated his call for Trump's state visit planned for later in the year to be revoked.

"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", said Khan.

May defended Khan, noting how he has been closely working with her to get the city back on track after a series of deadly attacks.

Mrs May had faced calls to distance herself Mr Trump for his incendiary remarks but for two days failed to directly address them.

"I think Donald Trump was wrong in the things that he has said about Sadiq Khan".

Trump accused Khan of downplaying the attacks, after telling Londoners that "there's no reason to be alarmed".

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The London Mayor actually said that Londoners should not be alarmed at the sight of the extra armed police officers that would be deployed across the city in the wake of the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market. "[Mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!" tweeted Trump.

The war of words was the latest episode in a long simmering conflict between Trump and Khan, a Muslim who was elected as London's mayor in May 2016.

But Mr Khan, who is from Tooting in south London, rejected Mr Trump's proposal for himself to be exempted from the Muslim ban.

No date has been set, and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reportedly said Tuesday he saw no reason to cancel the Trump trip.

Trump took aim at Mayor Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, by twice taking to Twitter to slam Khan's statement after the attack that Londoners had "no reason to be alarmed".

Donald Trump Jr, who along with brother Eric is running the Trump business while his father is president, told ABC News that leaders should not keep appeasing terrorism. After his election past year, Khan tweeted criticism of then-candidate Trump's rhetoric, saying his "ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe". "I think it's time for the people there to probably act and do something a lot more proactive than what's been going on, and I do think that's something people have to do".

"This is a time for us to reach out to the world, to understand more about what is happening - not just in our own country, but indeed across the globe", said Clinton.


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