London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday said that his city will not let anyone “divide our community,” including President Trump.
“We aren’t going to allow anybody, whether it’s Donald Trump or anybody else to divide our community,” he told the BBC.
Trump earlier Monday continued criticizing Khan’s response to a terror attack in London last Saturday that killed at least seven people and wounded nearly 50 others.
“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement,” he tweeted. “MSM is working hard to sell it!”Khan’s spokesperson on Sunday said that the mayor was too busy coordinating the response to the “horrific and cowardly terrorist attack” in London to address Trump’s tweets.
“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,” they said.
Trump initially attacked Khan in a tweet Sunday, saying “at least 7 dead and 48 wounded and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”
The president was seemingly referencing Khan’s remarks earlier Sunday, which warned Londoners to expect a larger police presence in their city.
“Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days,” Khan said in a statement.
“There’s no reason to be alarmed. One of the things the police and all of us need to do is ensure that we’re as safe as we possibly can be.”
Attackers on Saturday drove a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge before stabbing others near Borough Market there.
London police told reporters they believed they killed all of the attackers following the incident, which killed at least seven people and wounded at least 48 others.