London mayor tells AP he doesn't care about Trump tweets

Emmett Rice
June 7, 2017

"We keep appeasing it", Donald Trump Jr. said Monday in Trump Tower.

Following the London Bridge terror attack, which saw seven fatalities and dozens of injuries, Khan, who told Londoners in late 2016 that terrorism is "part and parcel of living in a big city", urged the city's residents to not be alarmed.

Though Khan told Londoners not to be alarmed by the increased police presence in the days ahead, Trump tweeted: "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'". Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump a week after his January 20 inauguration. He also spoke at a vigil for victims, and throughout all of this, Trump has continued to trash Khan (to justify his own "travel ban") based upon an out-of-context quote, for which Trump seized upon the "no reason to be alarmed" portion.

In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America", Donald Trump Jr. said London's Mayor Sadiq Khan "should do something to fix the problem rather than just sit there and pretend there isn't one".

Trump and Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants and the first Muslim elected as London's mayor, have been at odds since Khan denounced as "ignorant" Trump's campaign pledge to impose a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. He calmly explained his opposition to Trump's proposed travel ban on visitors from several Muslim countries.

Probed about what he meant, Mr Trump said: "Because I think if he does a great job, it will really - you lead by example, always lead by example".

The failed Democratic presidential nominee issued the thinly veiled attack against President Trump, without naming him or his policies directly, while speaking in Fells Point for the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel, a high school fellowship program for black and Jewish students, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Khan knows that Trump's tweets have partially served to reinforce the preexisting conflict between the two men.

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Trump mocked Khan's comment on Sunday, suggesting in a tweet that the mayor was downplaying the attacks.

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

Asked if Trump was attacking the mayor because he is Muslim, Sanders replied: "Not at all".

'As the mayor of London, I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit these ugly crimes'.

And making us a laughing stock around the world", he said, "at a moment in time when American leadership is particularly critical.

"And guess what, he's been proven right about it, every time".

Khan, who on Monday night held a vigil in memory of those who had died in the attacks, said the United Kingdom should not be afraid to openly disagree with the US. "We're gonna hold fast and we're gonna 'keep calm and carry on.' Maybe we have to keep calm and actually do something".

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