WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump and terrorism (all times local):
The White House is denying that President Donald Trump is picking a fight with London’s mayor — and that the president’s comments are related to the mayor’s Muslim faith.
For a second day Trump lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan in connection with the weekend terror attack in the city. Khan has sought to reassure Londoners that the increased police presence in the city is not a reason for alarm.
Trump is mischaracterizing Khan’s remarks as suggesting that people should not be concerned about terrorism. He tweeted that view Sunday and again on Monday.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders is pushing back on the suggestion that Trump is mischaracterizing the mayor’s comments. She says the idea that Trump is going after Khan because he’s a Muslim is “utterly ridiculous.”
President Donald Trump is again attacking London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Twitter.
Trump tweeted Monday morning that Khan had offered a “pathetic excuse” and “had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement.”
Trump added that the media “is working hard to sell it!”
On Sunday Trump leveled an inaccurate criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, saying the mayor was telling people there was “no reason to be alarmed” about the attack. The mayor had instead been telling London residents not to be concerned by a stepped-up police presence in the city following the attack.
Later Khan’s spokesman said he was too busy to respond to Trump’s “ill-informed” tweet.
President Donald Trump is criticizing his own Justice Department for asking the Supreme Court to review a “watered down, politically correct version” of the travel ban he signed in March.
In a series of morning tweets, Trump says the Justice Department “should have stayed” with the first travel ban executive order. Both orders, aimed at temporarily halting entry to the U.S. from a half-dozen Muslim-majority countries, have been blocked by the lower courts.
The March directive narrowed the scope of the original order, which was hastily unveiled during Trump’s first week in office.
Trump says the Justice Department should ask for an “expedited hearing” on the second ban and “seek much tougher version!”
The president has stepped up his calls for implementing the travel ban following the weekend attacks in London.
President Donald Trump says he will do whatever is necessary to protect the United States from a “vile enemy” that he says has waged war on innocents for too long, vowing: “This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end.”
Trump commented on the vehicle and knife attack that killed at least seven people in London at the conclusion of a Sunday night fundraiser for Ford’s Theater, scene of one of the most famous acts of bloodshed in American history: the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Trump said he had spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May to express America’s “unwavering support” and offer U.S. assistance as the British government works to protect its citizens and bring the guilty to justice.
After more than 20 people were killed in a bomb attack last month at a concert in Manchester, England, Trump condemned the assault as the act of “evil losers” and called on nations to band together to fight terrorism.