Donald Trump Jr. slammed a statement made by Sadiq Khan, the Muslim mayor of London, prior to the terror attack on Parliament Wednesday, and the mayor responded on CNN to Christiane Amanpour.
“Mayor you have said,” Amanpour inquired, “that this was precisely the nightmare scenario that you were dreading like many mayors in many parts of the world in the current environment. I wonder, I know you don’t want to talk politics today, but whether you have a reaction to the sort of knee-jerk tweet that came out of the United States from the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., referencing an interview you’d done months ago and saying, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’ regarding the frequency or the likelihood of terrorism in big cities today.”
“I’m not going to respond to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr,” Mayor Khan responded,
“I’ve been doing more important things over the last 24 hours.”
“What I do know is that the threat level in London and across the country is severe,” he continued, “that means an attack is highly likely. I was in New York last year when there was an attack in New York. And terrorists hate the fact that whether it’s New York, whether it’s London, whether it’s Paris, whether it’s Brussels, whether it’s Istanbul, whether it’s Madrid, we have diverse communities living together peacefully, getting along with each other, respecting each other.”
“We’ve got thriving democracy in London,” Khan concluded, “we got a situation where Parliament is returning to normal today, city hall is returning to normal today, tourists are returning to London today, businesses are returning to normal today. Just the thing that terrorists hate, and I’m not going to allow terrorist to divide London, to destroy our way of life. We haven’t in the past, we’re not currently, in the future.”
Khan said that there would be a vigil to show solidarity and thumb their nose at terrorists.
You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan https://t.co/uSm2pwRTjO
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 22, 2017
The criticism arising from his previous comments was widely circulated on social media as proof that the mayor had not taken the terror threat seriously.
This Wanker should never be Mayor of London ???? pic.twitter.com/d3MWr0pckD
— **RICH** (@ooRAToo) March 23, 2017
Mayor of London: “Terror attacks are part and parcel of living in a big city.”
Tokyo: biggest city in the world.. NO ISLAMIC TERRORISM.
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) March 22, 2017
British law enforcement officials raided several households Thursday suspected of being involved with the attack and arrested as many as seven persons. The suspect of the terror attack was also identified as a British-born citizen who had been investigated by authorities for his extremism before, but his name had not yet been released.