President Donald Trump lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of a terrorist assault in the British capital which left seven people dead.
In a series of tweets, Trump bashed Mayor’s attempt to reassure the public after three assailants smashed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge then attacked revelers with knives.
“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” the US president quoted.
Khan, in an interview with the BBC shortly after the Saturday night attack, had asked Londoners and visitors to be calm and vigilant.
“You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this,” he said.
Leading figures in the US and the UK lined up to dismiss the president’s remarks, with Washington’s acting ambassador to London coming out in support of Khan.
“I commend the strong leadership of the @MayorofLondon as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack,” Lew Lukens said on the US embassy’s Twitter account.
He furthermore praised the ‘extraordinary’ response from Londoners and emergency services.
Khan’s spokesperson issued a statement 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.
Trump initially said the attack showed it was time to “stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people.”
According to New York times Donald Trump had strained foreign ties with tweets which ‘mischaracterized’ the position of London’s first Muslim mayor.
“Mr. Trump either misunderstood what Mr. Khan had said or distorted it,” the newspaper further stated.