Trump scorched after gross, flat out incorrect dig at London Mayor

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter just hours after the London Bridge attack and criticised the Mayor of London.

The criticism stemmed from Trump’s apparent misunderstanding of Mayor Sadiq Kahn’s statement regarding the attack.

During an interview shown on BBC News, Kahn said that Londoners would see an increased police presence on the street in the coming days and said that there was “no reason to be alarmed”.

Clearly, Kahn was referring to the police presence – not the threat of terrorism – but Trump appeared to willfully misinterpret the comment on Sunday, tweeting:

Kahn’s office responded with a statement that threw back some serious shade, calling the U.S. President “ill-informed”.

As reported in The New York Times, a spokesman for the mayor said: He [Kahn] has more important things to 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.”

Trump bookended his tweet about Kahn with several others that reinforced his belief in closing borders and support of gun ownership.

Trump also used the aftermath of the attack to once again remind people that the Muslim ban is a good idea. He also may have dropped the ball here, since he has repeatedly claimed that the ban isn’t a ban.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which vehemently opposes the ban, pounced on the president’s gaffe:

Meanwhile, other world leaders have taken to Twitter to express solidarity with Kahn and the people of London, including newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron:

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull:

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mohn Najib Tun Razak:

And Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel:

Regarding Trump’s tweet about guns, he should really look into the numbers a bit. Guns still kill way more people than terrorism in America.

According to a global study on homicide conducted by the United Nations, the U.K. had 0.07 gun homicides for every 100,000 people in 2011. By contrast, the U.S. had 3 gun homicides for every 100,000 that same year. Big difference, and that’s because the U.K. has much stricter gun laws.

I know, I know. They are just stupid facts, right? Totally meaningless to Trump.

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