US President Donald Trump once again criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday over his response to a deadly attack on the city, while the British public and politicians lauded the mayor for his handling of the aftermath.
The official statement available on the website of the London mayor did not use the phrase "there's no reason to be alarmed", which Trump referred to in his tweet to criticise the Pakistani-origin mayor.
To reinforce this, Trump tweeted on Monday: "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!"
The war of words was the latest episode in a long simmering conflict between Trump and Khan, a Muslim who was elected as London's mayor in May 2016.
Prime Minister Theresa May called Trump's comments "wrong".
"I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it's wrong to say anything else", May told reporters Monday at an election campaign event when asked about Trump's attacks on Khan. It reflected Trump's maddening lack of impulse control, as well as his disregard for the work of maintaining strong ties with America's most important partners in the fight against terrorism. However, U.S. President, Donald Trump is not your average leader.More news: Men probing Ivanka Trump brand supplier in China detained, missing: NGO
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Khan said earlier this year Trump should be denied a state visit to Britain due to his "cruel and shameful" immigration policies.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Tuesday that he saw "no reason to rescind" the invitation to Trump for a state visit.
With flags flying at half mast, Britain will fall silent as clocks strike 11:00am (1000 GMT) to remember the seven people killed and dozens injured in the central London attack on Saturday evening.
"What Donald Trump did in response to the British tragedy was, again, I think, inappropriate for a toddler, much less the president of the United States", Rep. Jim Himes of ct said on CNN's New Day. Asked why the president had misquoted the mayor, she said, "I don't think that's actually true". They drew an implicit rebuke by the acting US ambassador to the United Kingdom, who praised Khan's "strong leadership" on Twitter.
"I'm very clear that Sadiq is doing a good job as mayor of London, we are working with him, working together".
"I heard someone say it's a view inside Donald Trump's mind or his thoughts, and it is", said Collins.
Fresh off meeting with Trump in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered a dark assessment of Germany's relationship with a Trump-run United States.
"We write on behalf of individuals who have been blocked from your most-followed Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, because they disagreed with, criticized, or mocked you or your actions as president", the Knight Institute letter reads.