President Trump has criticized the mayor of London just hours after seven people were killed and 48 were injured in another terror attack in the very center of the historic city. Trump tweeted on his account: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack, and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”
A spokesperson for London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, responded by saying that the mayor had “more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks.”
In a Saturday statement made just after the attack occurred, Khan said: “Metropolitan police are responding to the horrific terrorist attack at London Bridge and Borough Market.” He added: “My thoughts are with everyone affected, and I’d like to thank the brave men and women of our emergency services who were first on the scene and will be working throughout the night. This was a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night,” he said. “I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts.”
It was in a later commentary on Sunday morning that Mayor Kahn referenced the quote that Trump criticized. “My message to Londoners and visitors to our great city is to be calm and vigilant today. You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this. We are the safest global city in the world. You saw last night as a consequence of our planning, our preparation, the rehearsals that take place, the swift response from the emergency services tackling the terrorists and also helping the injured.”
President Trump also used the recent terror attack to challenge politicizing violence to substantiate the need for gun control. He wrote: “Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck! He continued: “We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart, it will only get worse.”
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Credit: The Guardian