London mayor scoffs at Trump’s ‘ill-informed’ criticism
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London mayor scoffs at Trump’s ‘ill-informed’ criticism

Sadiq Khan’s office says he has ‘more important things to do’ than react to US president’s tweets about terror attack

London Mayor Sadiq Khan responds to the London Bridge terror attack, June 4, 2017. (Screen capture: YouTube)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan responds to the London Bridge terror attack, June 4, 2017. (Screen capture: YouTube)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan dismissed US President Donald Trump’s criticisms of his handling of the terror attack Saturday in his city, saying he had “more important things to do” than respond to an “ill-informed” tweet, his office said.

“The Mayor is busy working… to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack,” Khan’s spokesman said on Sunday, a day after the attack, which killed seven people in a busy section of London and wounded about 50.

“He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police — including armed officers — on the streets,” the spokesman said.

Trump, in a flurry of Sunday morning tweets on the London attacks, criticized Khan and bemoaned what he described as “political correctness” in matters of national security.

Specifically, Trump went after the London mayor for saying there was “no reason to be alarmed.”

Khan did use those words in a television interview, but it was to reassure Londoners about a stepped up police presence they might see.

“No reason to be alarmed. One of things the police and all of us need to do to make sure we are as safe as we possibly can be,” Khan said.

The US president, who used his initial response late Saturday to promote his travel ban that courts have blocked, returned to national security in his Sunday tweetstorm.

“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse,” Trump said.

The final tweet in Trump’s Sunday morning series took on critics of America’s relaxed gun laws.

“Did you notice we are not having a gun debate right now?” he wrote. “That’s because they used knives and a truck.”

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