Rep. Himes: Trump's response to London 'inappropriate for a toddler'

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday defended Khan by saying the London mayor had done an "excellent" job in the days after the attack, while also pointedly saying that "it's wrong to say anything else".

"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.

Mr Trump criticised Mr Khan on Twitter for saying there was "no reason to be alarmed" after the attack.

"The Mayor is busy working with the police, emergency services, and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack and provide leadership and reassurance to Londoners and visitors to our city", Khan's office said in a statement Sunday. Initially, Khan responded through a spokesman, who said the London mayor "has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks".

Trump later branded Khan's statement on the terror attack as a "pathetic excuse". "When you're working in the aftermath of an attack like that, party politics is put to one side", she said.

"It is still not known whether the attackers were British citizens or immigrants and therefore whether a Trump-style freeze on entry of people from certain nations might have prevented the violence by three knife-wielding assailants, who were killed by police", the article reads. "There's no reason to be alarmed", Khan said. May answered "yes", when asked if Trump's visit will go ahead, the newspaper reported.

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Trump and Khan have traded criticism since before the real estate mogul was elected United States president.

"What have you got against them?" Trump later challenged Khan to an IQ test during an interview on ITV. "Why would you want to stop them coming?"

Khan, who became the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital city when he was elected in 2016, in October called Trump's campaign pledge to ban Muslims from entering the USA "ignorant".

The Trump administration is expected to take the proposal to the Supreme Court next week.

"We stand together tonight to honour the memories of the innocent lives lost and people injured in the barbaric attack on our city. We are not going to let Donald Trump divide our communities".

NY mayor Bill de Blasio summed up the feelings of many when he said "Mayor Sadiq Khan is doing an extraordinary job supporting Londoners in a time of pain".

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