The White House is denying that President Donald Trump is picking a fight with London’s mayor” and that the president’s comments are related to the mayor’s Muslim faith.
For a second day Trump lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan in connection with the weekend terror attack in the city. Khan has sought to reassure Londoners that the increased police presence in the city is not a reason for alarm.
Trump is mischaracterizing Khan’s remarks as suggesting that people should not be concerned about terrorism. He tweeted that view Sunday and again on Monday.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders is pushing back on the suggestion that Trump is mischaracterizing the mayor’s comments. She says the idea that Trump is going after Khan because he’s a Muslim is “utterly ridiculous.”
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Trump took Sadiq Khan’s words out of context, so as to portray London’s first Muslim mayor as blithely indifferent to terrorism.
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Trump criticized London’s mayor after he sought to reassure residents about a stepped-up police presence on city streets following a deadly terror attack.
President Donald Trump says he will do whatever is necessary to protect the United States from a “vile enemy” that he says has waged war on innocents for too long, vowing: “This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end.”
Trump commented on the vehicle and knife attack that killed at least seven people in London at the conclusion of a Sunday night fundraiser for Ford’s Theater, scene of one of the most famous acts of bloodshed in American history: the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Trump said he had spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May to express America’s “unwavering support” and offer U.S. assistance as the British government works to protect its citizens and bring the guilty to justice.
After more than 20 people were killed in a bomb attack last month at a concert in Manchester, England, Trump condemned the assault as the act of “evil losers” and called on nations to band together to fight terrorism.