Trump doubles down on criticism of London mayor

The US President has criticised Sadiq Khan for the second time in as many days

Trump doubles down on criticism of London mayor

US President Donald Trump speaks at a Gala in Washington, 04-06-2017. Image: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

US President Donald Trump has once again taken aim at the mayor of London over his response to Saturday's terror attack that took the lives of seven people.

Yesterday, a spokesperson for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the American president had “deliberately” taken his comments following the attack out of context.

It came after Mr Khan warned the citizens of London that there would be an increased armed police presence on the streets over the coming days, adding that there was “no reason to be alarmed” by the heightened security.

“We are all shocked and angry today but this is our city,” he said. “We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism.”

President Trump tweeted: At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"

Mr Khan’s spokesperson said the mayor had “more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks.”

"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," said the spokesperson.

This afternoon however, the American President doubled down on his remarks and suggested Mr Khan had been forced to “think fast” on his statement.

Mr Khan became the first Muslim to become the mayor of a major Western capital when he was elected in May 2016.

Travel Ban

President Trump also appeared to use the attack to promote his attempted travel ban executive order – and he continued on the same tack today.

He said the latest version of the proposed ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries entering the US was "watered down."

His administration last week asked the US Supreme Court to immediately reinstate the ban - and today he called on the US Justice Department to attempt to speed up the process, and “seek a much tougher version.”

He insisted that immigration officers are implementing “extreme vetting” procedures at US borders in spite of the difficulties facing the order – although he did not elaborate on what that might mean. 

London vigil

Mr Khan attended the British Cabinet’s emergency COBRA meeting this morning, chaired by British Prime Minister Theresa May.

He said security services are “doing everything they can to keep us safe.”

The London mayor will lead a vigil tonight in the city to remember the victims of the attack.

The vigil will be held at 6pm in Potters Fields Park near London’s City Hall – with a minutes silence to be held across the city at 6:20pm.