Trump accuses London Mayor Khan of 'pathetic excuse' over attack statement

In response to the criticism, Trump doubled down on his position Monday, tweeting: "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement". He called the courts, which have blocked two versions of the travel ban, "slow and political".

"People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!" he said, and in another tweet added that: "The Justice Dept should have stayed with the original travel ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to Supreme Court".

Police name 2 of the London Bridge attack suspects as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.

It's unclear if Trump had consulted with the USA embassy in London before publishing his newest tweets. Khan's spokesman said he was too busy to respond to Trump's "ill-informed" tweet. Seven people were killed and dozens wounded.

In a Sunday tweet, Trump mischaracterized Khan's remarks by suggesting the mayor had said there was "no reason to be alarmed" about the attack itself.

"It was pretty scary and people were scared and shaken around us. If we don't get smart it will only get worse".

The news raises questions about the police's judgment and increases pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, who three days before a national election is facing criticism for overseeing cuts to police during her years as interior minister. "That's because they used knives and a truck!"

For a second day Trump lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan in connection with the weekend terror attack in the city.

Armed officers attend to an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain, June 4, 2017.

Trump swiftly took to Twitter to assert that the London attack was vindication of his executive order to prohibit USA admittance of citizens from several Muslim-majority countries. He promoted a proposed travel ban on visitors from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees from around the world that has been blocked by USA courts.

Last week, the Justice Department formally asked the Supreme Court to let the ban be put in place. A date for the court to hear arguments in the case was not immediately set.



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