Like any President of the United States, one of Donald Trump's first reactions to a terror attack in the capital city of a close ally was to attack that city's mayor. Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, said to the crowd today, "London stands in defiance against this cowardly attack on our city, our people, our values and our way of life".
This appeared to have rankled the notoriously thin skinned President, who added to his criticism this afternoon. Trump wrote. Once it became clear his attempt to slander the mayor was obviously failing, Trump then doubled down again on Monday morning, tweeting: "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement". "MSM [mainstream media] working hard to sell it!"
Mr Khan told the Press Association: "I've said for a long time that I think that the invitation from Prime Minister Theresa May to Donald Trump for a state visit was premature".
Though Clinton did not name Trump particularly, her comments seemed to reference the president's tweets. "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.
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Misconstruing Khan's statement, Trump attacked Khan in a tweet posted hours after Saturday night's attack.
In the United States, many veteran diplomats and officials decried Trump's remarks. No reason to be alarmed. "Work is ongoing to understand more about them, their connections and whether they were assisted or supported by anyone else".
In a Tuesday op-ed, the Journal's editors excoriated the president for sending out tweets that attacked London Mayor Sadiq Khan and that undermined his own case for his proposed travel ban.
Khan knows that Trump's tweets have partially served to reinforce the preexisting conflict between the two men.
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Trump Jr. wrote "You have got to be kidding me?!" above a link to an article reporting comments Khan had made months earlier.
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"Trump suggested terrorism was at play in the London attack, sharing on Twitter an unconfirmed report to that effect, well before British authorities said so". "There will always be exceptions" to the ban, Trump says. You stand shoulder to shoulder with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong and you tell them when they are wrong.
And the US acting ambassador to the U.K., Lewis Lukens, also defended Khan.
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In a series of tweets in recent days, Trump criticized Khan's leadership after the attack on Saturday in which three terrorists rammed a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge and then jumped out and proceeded to stab passersby and bar patrons, killing seven people and injuring dozens.