White House Defends Trump Criticisms of London Mayor

Donald Trump Jr. vociferously defended his father's Twitter remarks on Tuesday and criticized the way London mayor Sadiq Khan has dealt with the aftermath of the London Bridge attack during a segment on "Good Morning America".

Khan initially refused to engage with Trump, who was seemingly using Khan's comments to push his own stance on immigration, but he has since come out and suggested that Trump's planned state visit to the United Kingdom should no longer take place given his argumentative response to the London mayor.

"Donald Trump's whole position on this has been that we are all at risk from Islamist extremists who want to kill us, and he has come up with endless ways he's suggesting of trying to stop this", Morgan told Khan, London's first Muslim mayor.

Theresa May had earlier dodged repeated questioning about President Trump's tweets, declining to criticise the president and instead opting to praise Mr Khan and their close working relationship following the attacks. "You need to be about 9 years old in your social development to understand when your neighbor, friend, brother, sister - which is what the British are to us - have suffered a great tragedy, the only decent response is to say, 'I'm terribly sorry and how can I help'". Khan made reference to Trump's policies, saying, "There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong", reports Inquisitr.

Trump accused Khan of downplaying the attacks, after telling Londoners that "there's no reason to be alarmed".

"But what I will say is that as Mayor of London Sadiq was perfectly right to reassure the public about the presence of armed officers on the streets", he said.

Although Khan responded to past attacks from the president, he denied doing so this week, with his office saying that the mayor "has more important things than responding to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet". "MSM [Mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!"

But Mr Khan, who is from Tooting in south London, rejected Mr Trump's proposal for himself to be exempted from the Muslim ban.

"I think he's a very, very unsafe man", Himes said of Trump, "and touches on some of the uglier undercurrents of American politics". "There's no reason to be alarmed".

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has already said Trump will not be allowed to address Parliament after his travel ban, aimed at Muslim majority countries, sparked outrage among many MPs and a petition calling for Trump to be banned from Britain.

"We have worked with Sadiq Khan in responding to this attack".

It was not until the Westminster attack in March of this year that Mr Khan again had friction with the Trump family.

  • Jon Douglas