Early Sunday morning, President Trump tweeted about the devastating terror attack that took place in London on Saturday evening. For whatever reason, he decided that less than 24 hours after the incident was the perfect time to critique London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s response to the situation. To make matters worse, Trump also took Khan’s statement completely out of context and ended up making himself look worse than usual.
Trump tweeted on Sunday:
‘At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”‘
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
As PolitiFact was quick to point out following Trump’s tweet, Khan’s message was very different than what the president suggested.
Khan did use the words “no reason to be alarmed.” However, context matters, especially in this situation. To set the record straight, PolitiFact published Khan’s full quote, which can be read below.
‘Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days.
No reason to be alarmed. One of the things the police and all of us need to do is make sure we’re as safe as we possibly can be.
I’m reassured that we are one of the safest global cities in the world, if not the safest global city in the world, but we always evolve and review ways to make sure that we remain as safe as we possibly can.’
Khan also repeated the phrase “no reason to be alarmed” during a second statement. Once again, though, it was used to tell the city’s residents and visitors not to be alarmed by increased police presence.
‘You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers, uniformed officers. There’s no reason to be alarmed by this. We are the safest global city in the world.’
Did Trump intentionally take Mayor Khan’s words out of context in order to make him look bad? It’s possible. There’s also a possibility, as PolitiFact suggested, that Trump didn’t listen to Khan’s full message at all, and instead simply fired off his tweets after watching the hosts of “Fox and Friends” discuss it.
Either way, PolitiFact’s Katie Sanders made it clear that she was not pleased with the president and his callous comments in the wake of such a tragic attack. Just before giving Trump’s statement a “false” rating, Sanders wrote:
‘Trump portrayed Khan as an official with his head in the sand about the attacks that disrupted his city. The reality is the president plucked five words from the mayor’s longer message that condemned the terrorist acts and explained why Londoners would see an increased police presence in the coming days. Khan was not saying there is “no reason to be alarmed,” period, by the attack — he was pre-empting concerns about what law enforcement presence might mean in the days to come.’
It’s going to be hard for Trump to talk (or tweet) his way out of this one.
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