London Mayor’s Office Slams Trump’s ‘Ill-Informed’ Politicizing Of Terror Attack Comments

This article originally appeared on HuffPost .

Marina Fang, HuffPost 6 hours ago

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s “ill-informed” response to Saturday night’s terror attack in London.

“The mayor is busy working with the police, emergency services and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack and provide leadership and reassurance to Londoners and visitors to our city,” Khan’s spokesperson said in a statement. “He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police – including armed officers – on the streets.”

Early Sunday morning, Trump posted a series of tweets politicizing the attack, including one that targeted Khan.
     Donald J. Trump‏Verified account@realDonaldTrump

     At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is       “no reason to be alarmed!”

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Khan was actually informing Londoners not to be alarmed by the increased police presence in the city following the attack.

“Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days,” Khan said on the BBC early Sunday. “There’s no reason to be alarmed. One of the things the police and all of us need to do is ensure that we’re as safe as we possibly can be. I’m reassured that we are one of the safest global cities in the world, if not the safest global city, but we always evolve and review to make sure we’re as safe as we possibly can be.”

In a video message, Khan condemned the “twisted and cowardly terrorists,” and urged unity in London. He also thanked police and first responders for their prompt response and bravery.

Sadiq Khan‏Verified account @SadiqKhan

We are all shocked and angry today – but this is our city. We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism.

Statement from the Mayor of London

For updates on the attack in London Bridge follow

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The office of British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that “the advice to the public is to remain vigilant but carry on with their lives.”

In addition to criticizing Khan, Trump also used Saturday’s attack to promote and justify his travel ban targeting six majority-Muslim countries, which has been mired in court battles.

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic criticized Trump’s response, and many notable people came to Khan’s defense on social media.

Last year, Khan, who is Muslim and faced Islamophobic attacks from his electoral opponents, was highly critical of Trump and his anti-Muslim rhetoric. Following Trump’s election, he urged the then-president-elect to “unite people and bring divided communities back together.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost .


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