Trump accuses London Mayor Khan of ‘pathetic excuse’ over attack statement
U.S. President Donald Trump accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday of making a “pathetic excuse” over a statement urging Londoners not to be alarmed by the presence of additional police on the streets after Saturday’s deadly attack.
Three jihadis drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge late on Saturday before running into the bustling Borough Market area where they slit people’s throats and stabbed them indiscriminately. All three attackers were shot dead by police.
Khan had said on Sunday morning that people would see an increased police presence on the streets of the capital and should not be alarmed by that.
Trump first took issue with Khan’s comment on Sunday, suggesting in a tweet that the mayor was downplaying the attacks. He went much further in Monday’s tweet.
“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!” Trump wrote. MSM referred to mainstream media.
Khan, who belongs to the opposition Labour Party and is the first Muslim to be elected mayor of a major western European city, is popular in London and his response to Saturday’s killings has been widely praised as dignified.