Even British prime minister Theresa May who desisted from following the world leadership in condemning US President Donald Trump when he pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord has criticised Trump for taking on London Mayor Sadiq Khan. According to a report in Bloomberg, May said “Sadiq Khan was doing a good job and it was wrong to say anything else.” The role Khan is playing in the aftermath of the London Bridge terror attack that left seven dead and scores of injured has been widely praised.
May’s support for Sadiq Khan came even if there are reports that a political fight is brewing between May and Khan as the latter has blamed May of compromising London’s security with funding cuts. Khan’s accusations on May have come just three days before the UK polls and may affect May’s election campaign. The fact that she has downsized the UK police’s headcount by 20,000 will only add to her woes after three terror attacks the UK has seen in three months.
Trump had criticised Sadiq Khan quoting him out of context. While speaking out his mind about ‘security of his people’ after the London Bridge terror incident, he said that “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” and mocked Khan by saying that “Mayor of London says there is no reason to be alarmed” even if the attack left at least 7 dead and 48 wounded. He also used the London Bridge terror attack to push his political agenda on his administration’s Travel Ban plan and extreme vetting measures for people visiting the US.
Trump was panned widely for his misplaced comment. Khan had made “no reason to be alarmed” comment in the context of the heavy police presence that London is expected to see in the terror aftermath but Trump didn’t care to cross checks before shooting his mouth.
It seems the commendations for Khan and the criticism of Trump were not enough to rein in Trump’s flow of tweets who has again targeted the London mayor by saying that Sadiq Khan’s excuse was pathetic and he had to think fast on his on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. Trump has also accused media for being biased toward Khan.
People had thought that Donald Trump would have some rethinking on his comments on the London Mayor after he was widely panned for his poor in taste, un-presidential and ill informed tweet about London’s mayor and even if the doesn’t withdraw his tweet, he will not go beyond it. But in a totally Trumpian style, he is there again, shooting his mouth again, even if the US Embassy in London has praised the way Khan handled the London terror aftermath. Maybe the response of Khan’s office that “the Mayor had more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet” left Trump’s ego hurt.