London Mayor: 'You Do Not Commit These Disgusting Acts In My Name'

Nick Mcbride
June 6, 2017

As Donald Trump continued to criticize Sadiq Khan on Monday, the London mayor responded by reconfirming his long-held stance that the United Kingdom should not host a state visit in the president's honor.

In a statement that praised the "tremendous bravery" of police during the attack on Saturday night that left seven dead, Khan warned the United Kingdom capital would lose between 3,400 and 12,800 officers if the premier pushes through budget cuts proposed by her Conservative Party. Khan warned that the proposed cuts would lead to the loss of thousands of community police officers who "act as the eyes and ears of the security services, providing the intelligence and information that allows us to disrupt attempted terrorist attacks".

Khan's staff said he was too busy to respond to Trump's tweets.

The White House on Monday defended President Donald Trump's tweets targeting London Mayor Sadiq Khan, saying that he was not trying to cause trouble with Khan.

"Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. We have constant attacks going on, not just there but across the globe, and we have to start putting national security and global security at an all time high", she told a White House briefing. "This vigil shows the people that did this that they can not divide us", he said."I think Londoners have pulled together like we always do and have handled this well, even though we all feel the pain". But as far as what Sadiq Khan has said about the reassurances he's offered the people of London, I think he was entirely right to speak in the way he did'.

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Khan's lengthy statement on Sunday morning, heard in full by Reuters, strongly condemned the attack and gave a number of details about what had happened and what measures were being taken in response. "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 had said. No reason to be alarmed.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told NBC Monday that Trump's tweet Sunday was not a political attack. Trump hit back, calling the mayor's comments "nasty" and challenged Khan to an IQ test. I've got better things to do'.

During a visit to Chicago in September a year ago, Khan endorsed Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton.

Asked if Trump was criticizing the mayor of London because he is Muslim, Sanders said that was "utterly ridiculous".

In the article, Khan was reported as saying that being prepared for terror attacks was "part and parcel" of living in a major city.

Other reports by VgToday

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