Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Trump uses London attack to support travel ban

Trump uses London attack to support travel ban

USA president Donald Trump on Monday returned to his offensive criticism of London's Pakistani-origin mayor Sadiq Khan, calling his assuring statements to Londoners a "pathetic excuse", and renewed the demand for a tougher travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority nations.

"I don't wish to enter into a row between those two individuals who are I think are probably perfectly able to stick up for themselves", Johnson said of Trump and Khan.

US President Donald Trump slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan for comments he made after the London Bridge terror attack, but took the comments out of context. At least seven people are dead and dozens hospitalized after assailants in a van barreled into pedestrians on London Bridge and then embarked on a stabbing rampage at a nearby market crammed with restaurants, bars and tourists.

British authorities say that have identified the three attackers but have not revealed that information publicly.

Roughly 10 minutes later, Trump mentioned Khan in a tweet. Khan had been referring to the increased presence of armed police on London's streets in the wake of the attack. There is no reason to be alarmed by this.

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"One of the things that concerns me about the president's tweets this morning were he in effect is calling for a Muslim travel ban again, even though the courts have continued to turn that down", Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said on television.

He followed this with a tweet based on words from Mr Khan.

Prime Minister Theresa May, the Conservative Party leader, was asked earlier on Monday about Trump's criticism of Khan.

"We send our love to the victims' families and to all those who are injured", Khan said.

A YouGov poll of 1,000 Londoners published on Monday found that Khan was more trusted than both May and national Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to make the right decisions about keeping Britain safe from terrorism.

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In response to Trump's latest tweet, a spokeswoman for Khan had this to say: "The Mayor is focused on dealing with Saturday's horrific and cowardly attack".

Addressing Trump's proposed plan to bar millions of people from Muslim majority countries from entering the United States, which the president said had been vindicated by the attacks, Khan told the AP he found the idea antithetical to American values.

Trump also tweeted that "we need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!" "We have lost our rights as British people in case of offending someone".

Donald Trump has shown on several occasions that he has no reservations about using tragic events to promote his own agenda.


"There is no specific threat against the United States", Warner added.

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Mr Rowley said: "While formal identification is yet to take place, detectives believe they know the identity of the attackers". Butt had worked for the London Underground for six months past year as a trainee customer services assistant.

In January of this year, Khan insisted Trump's state visit to Britain be canceled after the US President attempted to impose a travel ban on Muslim nations - a policy that he labeled "cruel and shameful".

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