Donald Trump criticises mayor Sadiq Khan again over London terror attacks

Violet Tucker
June 7, 2017

London's mayor Sadiq Khan warned extremists they will never win as mourners gathered at a tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on the United Kingdom government on Monday to cancel a state visit by US President Donald Trump following a public row, mainly on Twitter, over the weekend terror attack in the British capital. In the interview, Mr Khan was, in fact, urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they see more police and armed officers on the streets as a precautionary measure derived from previous terror attacks.

Khan, who became the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital city when he was elected in 2016, in October called Trump's campaign pledge to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. "ignorant".

"Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement", he tweeted.

Even prime minister Theresa May, whose Conservative government is now in an election battle with Khan's Labour, took the time on the campaign trail to give her backing to the mayor of London.

"I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it's wrong to say anything else - he's doing a good job", she said at a press conference. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Khan said he did not have the time to respond to tweets of Donald Trump, adding that some people only want to divide communities.

A spokesman for Khan responded that 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.

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YouGov found 51 per cent of Londoners trusted Khan to "make the right decisions about keeping Britain safe from terrorism", with 30 percent saying they did not trust him.

Less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 and injured scores more at an Ariana Grade concert in Manchester, Islamic terrorists killed seven and injured another 48 people during an attack on London Bridge. And I think to suggest something like that is utterly ridiculous."Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., defended his father."Every time he puts something out there he gets criticized by the media". But maybe, rather than the mayor of London attacking, maybe he should do something about it.

"I've been doing far more important things over the last 24 hours", he says.

Khan tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Trump's views of Islam "are ignorant".

Ever since Mr Trump came into power, both Mr Khan and him have had a bitter relationship as the USA president and his family has never left a chance to put Mr Khan on the spot, often taking his quotes out of context; all this only because he is Muslim.

During a visit to Chicago in September previous year, Khan endorsed Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton.

Trump Jr. wrote "You have got to be kidding me?!" above a link to an article reporting comments Khan had made months earlier.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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