President Trump’s criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan following Saturday’s terror attack has been publicly called “wrong” by the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May.
Reporters repeatedly attempted to get May to condemn Trump for his critical tweet about Khan posted hours after the attack at London Bridge that left seven people dead and dozens injured. May ultimately replied by reiterating her disappointment over Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. She then defended London’s mayor.
When asked if Trump was wrong to criticize Kahn’s call for calm following Saturday’s attack, May said, “Sadiq Khan is doing a good job. It’s wrong to say anything else.”
The opposition Labour Party and the media have derided May for her reluctance to openly criticize Trump. In addition to chiding Khan, Trump used the attack as a platform to renew his call for the suspension of travel to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries.
May’s Monday remarks follow her publicly complaining last month about U.S. security agencies leaking details of the Manchester Arena suicide bombing, which British police claim hindered their investigation.
Although May used her disapproval of Trump withdrawing from the Paris Accord to show that she was “not afraid to say when President Trump gets things wrong,” she did not lend her name to the joint statement last week by her European counterparts condemning the withdrawal.
Prior to Saturday’s attacks being confirmed as terrorist incidents, Trump posted a tweet that said, “We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety.” Another tweet followed that read, “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U.K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!”
Trump’s criticism of Khan came later when he posted, “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
May announced Monday that the United Kingdom’s threat level would remain at “severe,” meaning another attack is “highly likely.”
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