On Sunday London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan heartily criticized President Donald Trump’s “ill-informed” tweet about the previous night’s terror attack in London. As is customary, particularly after what he considers a big media event, the president was up early wreaking havoc on Twitter.
“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” a spokesperson for Mayor Khan said in a statement.
Trump couldn’t resist politicizing the attack and using tragedy to push his own misguided “travel ban,” which is now in front of the Supreme Court, at the president’s request.
Mayor Khan, however, had far more serious matters to attend to than a Twitter rant with the US president. His swift and appropriate actions on behalf of the people of London won him praise from both the US Embassy in London and Prime Minister Theresa May who made it clear that she had the utmost faith in the mayor, “Khan is doing a good job and it’s wrong to say anything else.”
President Trump then went on to drop a snarky tweet about gun control, which led MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts on Sunday to wonder whether the president was trying to provoke a similar attack here in the US in order to prove himself right, reports The Hill.
Trump would certainly welcome any distraction from the relentless string of news on the special counsel’s ongoing investigation of several of Trump’s close aides, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, which are part of it’s broader investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump’s campaign efforts to aid a foreign adversary in undermining American democracy.
He’d also like a “win” on just about anything, so in just a single Sunday morning, he trotted out many of his pet projects. Calling his executive order on immigration (as White House officials like to refer to it) a “travel ban,” however, undercuts his administration’s own arguments in court that the order is not a “Muslim ban.”
As for the president’s obvious attempts to wrangle some egoistic or political gain from this horrible tragedy, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, as reported in The Guardian, may have summed it up best: “At this time it is more important than ever that we stay united in our communities. It is the strength of our communities that gets us through these awful times as London mayor Sadiq Khan recognised but which the current occupant in the White House has neither the grace nor the sense to grasp.”
– Danielle Bizzarro