London Mayor Sadiq Khan won’t be responding to what he calls an “ill-informed tweet” from U.S. President Donald Trump. He said on Sunday that he had more important things to do in the wake of the terrorist attack than taking time out to engage in Twitter wars with POTUS.
Trump spent some time on Twitter Saturday evening and Sunday morning, starting by using the attack in London Saturday evening to promote his ban on immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, reiterating his call for the Supreme Court to reinstate the ban, which was blocked by a Federal Court earlier this year. Only after this politicizing of the attacks was criticized did Trump briefly change direction to offer aid and blessings to London. He then resumed addressing the attacks on a political level, speaking of political correctness and gun control.
In the middle of the series of tweets, Donald Trump also directed a criticism to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, specifically for downplaying the dangers of terrorism by telling people not to react in fear.
However, Sky News shared a video report of Mayor Khan’s actual statement, which included calling terrorists cowards and vowing not to let them win. He did say that people shouldn’t be alarmed — but not about terrorism. Instead, Khan asks Londoners not to be frightened by an increased police presence over the next few days, in addition to asking people to be vigilant and aware. Khan specifically informed the public that the increased police presence would include armed anti-terrorism officers.
In fact, Sadiq Khan shared updates from the Metropolitan Police and UK Terrorism Police throughout the incident and afterward, including a reminder for citizens to contact authorities if they noticed anything suspicious, even if it seemed insignificant.
Khan also released a video statement of his own, again exhorting Londoners to be calm and vigilant, as well as condemning the attacks and expressing condolences to those who lost loved ones.
After Trump’s tweet appeared to suggest that Khan was asking the people of London not to take terrorism seriously, fact checkers, Londoners, journalists, and others quickly piled on to call him out and correct him.
Mayor Sadiq Khan himself did not turn to Twitter to respond. Instead his office a statement regarding Trump’s tweet and Khan’s own words, as well as his priorities, according to Wales Online.
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.
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.
According to The Hill, London police believe all attackers involved were shot and killed at the scene. CNBC reports that an additional 12 individuals were arrested in apparent connection with the attack, though no identities have yet been released, other than that seven of the 12 are reportedly women.
No group has taken credit for the attacks, but police say the attackers appeared to be wearing explosive devices, making it necessary to shoot to kill on sight. No information has been released about how the additional 12 suspects were located, or what connection they have to the crime.
US. President Donald Trump’s Twitter tirade on the matter, and in particular the attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, has continued to garner negative feedback. If he intends to make any further clarifying statement or correction, he has yet to do so.
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