Wednesday 22 January 2020

US mayors thank London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his leadership as Trump's criticism dismissed as 'ill-informed'

Donald Trump. Photo: Getty Images
Donald Trump. Photo: Getty Images

Laura Larkin

US mayors have sent a message of support to the people of London and commended Mayor Sadiq Khan on his response to Saturday night's horror attack.

Three terrorists ploughed a van at speed into pedestrians on London Bridge before abandoning it and stabbing a number of people nearby.

Seven people were killed and 48 injured - 21 of them critically.

On Sunday President Trump criticised Mayor Khan's response to the attack, taking to Twitter to accuse him of suggesting that people should not be "alarmed" by terror attacks on the capital

Mr Trump said it was time to "stop being politically correct", adding: "At least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'"

But a spokesman for Mr Khan branded the comment "ill-informed" and said the president had deliberately taken out of context remarks made by the mayor to reassure people about the increased police presence in the wake of the attack.

Read more: London Mayor hits out at Trump's 'uninformed' tweets in wake of London attack

Now in a statement Executive Director, of the US Conference of Mayors Tom Cochran, thanked Mr Khan for his leadership.

"The United States Conference of Mayors stands today united with Mayor Sadiq Khan of London and the people of London.

"We send condolences to family and loved ones of those dead and injured.

"We send praise and absolute respect for the police officers who responded with 8 minutes to kill all three of the London Bridge terrorist murderers.

"The Mayors of the USA who haven't had a terrorist attack know full well that in today's age of terrorist actions, domestic and international, an attack could happen in their city.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

"And the Mayors of the USA whose cities have been hit with an attack of hate and murder have an even more personal feeling for London Mayor Khan. We commend him for his statement today.

"He has risen above this crisis of death and destruction, as mayors continue to do, to alleviate fear, to bring comfort to his people of London and to give support to the first responders who continue to protect, defend and provide emergency care to his people of London.

"Thank you, Mayor Khan, for your leadership during this crisis.

"World Leaders need to know that, in 2017 thus far, in our cities across the globe, there have been 500 attacks and 3500 deaths and many more physically and mentally wounded."

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