Trump Goes After Mayor of London Again in Tweet

'Pathetic excuse'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2017 11:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump isn't letting up on his controversial criticism of London's mayor in the wake of that city's terror attacks. "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his 'no reason to be alarmed' statement," tweeted Trump on Monday. "MSM is working hard to sell it!" he added, referring to the mainstream media. The background to all this: After the attacks took place on Saturday, Trump tweeted, "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" That sparked a backlash against Trump by critics who accused him of taking the mayor's remarks out of context. In an interview, Khan had said people could expect to see an increased police presence on the streets and added, "There is no reason to be alarmed by this." (The exact quote is in the Independent.)

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At the time, a Khan spokesman said the mayor "has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks." On Monday, after Trump's second tweet, Prime Minister Theresa May defended the mayor, though she didn't explicitly criticize Trump, reports CNN. "I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it's wrong to say anything else," she said. Meanwhile, the acting US ambassador to London, Lewis Lukens, made a point on Sunday via Twitter to "commend the strong leadership of the @MayorofLondon as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack," notes Politico. Trump and the mayor have bad blood: Khan, who is the city's first Muslim mayor, criticized candidate Trump's proposal for a Muslim ban and called him a "buffoon," notes the BBC. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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