Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

After Trump Tweets About Terror Attack, London Mayor Wants President's Visit Canceled

After Trump Tweets About Terror Attack, London Mayor Wants President's Visit Canceled

Trump aimed criticism towards Khan via social networking site Twitter, and later backed up his statement and accused the London mayor of coming up with a "pathetic excuse".

Some people with a propensity for self-destructive behavior can't seem to help themselves, President Trump apparently among them.

A spokesperson for Khan responded that the mayor "has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context" his remarks. Only this American president would hear the words of capitulation in London mayor Sadiq Khan's reasonable advice, made during an interview, that Londoners should not be alarmed by an increased and armed police presence on the streets following this terrorist attack.

"You should be alarmed", Eric Trump told ABC News, referring to terror attacks like the one that took place in London over the weekend. You stand shoulder to shoulder with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong and you tell them when they are wrong. All of this before ever telling London that the USA stands with them in their hour of need.

More than 1.8 million people have signed an online petition saying Trump should not make the state visit as it "could cause embarrassment" to the monarch.

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On Monday, concrete barricades had been erected to separate pedestrians from vehicles on some of the city's major bridges. Saturday's rampage was the latest in a string of attacks to hit Europe, including in Paris, Berlin and Saint Petersburg.

Lewis Lukens, the acting US ambassador to the United Kingdom tweeted: "I commend the strong leadership of the mayor of London as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack".

The incident saw attackers drive a van into commuters on London Bridge, before getting out at Borough Market and stabbing members of the public.

"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. No reason to be alarmed", the statement read, according to BBC. "I just don't have the time to respond to tweets from Donald Trump".

Police said although Khuram B. had been known by police, "there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritized accordingly".

British Prime Minister Theresa May was among those who came to Khan's defense, though she declined to criticize Trump over the row.

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Two of the London Bridge terrorists have been named by police as it emerged one of the attackers was known to security services. Hundreds sheltered in pubs and restaurants, barricading themselves inside as the terrorists stalked the street.

Just hours after the attack, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a months-old quote of Khan's, that terrorism was "part and parcel of living in a big city".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said there is "no reason" to cancel Mr Trump's state visit.

Mr Johnson added that Mr Khan had a "perfect right and indeed a duty" to speak up for London.

"I think Sadiq is doing an excellent job", she said.

The US conference of mayors, which represents the leaders of major US cities of all political allegiances, also sent a message congratulating Khan on his leadership.

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Gardai are investigating whether the ID card belonged to the dead man and if the documents are authentic, the paper reported. Alternatively, the man may have been granted an EU Fam Card on the basis of his relationship with an EU citizen in Ireland.

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