President Trump has come under fire yet again for a tweet of his that has apparently been typed without much thought, as is becoming increasingly common. This time, he tweeted about the ghastly London attacks and appeared to criticize the mayor of London for not giving a strong enough statement about it.
Tweet draws immediate criticism
Trump first started by saying how the United States would lend all support and all was fine until then. His next tweet mentioned the 7 dead and 48 injured in the attack and went on to criticize the London Mayor's request to London residents to 'not be alarmed'. The President seemed to be suggesting that the Mayor's soft response was indicative of why a peaceful response is only encouraging terror attacks. While his stance may be justifiable, the context in which he has made the tweet has not been received well by any segment of the audience, local or international, and with good reason.
The Mayor of London was quick to react to the tweet, categorically stating that he is involved in getting his city back on its feet and much too busy to respond to tweets that have taken his words 'out of context'. The Mayor did say that there was no 'reason to be alarmed' and he points out that he was merely trying to ensure that Londoners were not unduly alarmed by the sight of an unusual number of policemen on the streets. He reassured that the law and order situation is under control and that stringent monitoring is being done to ensure that a repeat of Sunday's attacks is absolutely not allowed to happen.
'Ill- informed' says spokesperson
Speaking for the Mayor Sadiq Khan, his spokesperson described the tweet from the U.S. President as being 'ill- informed'. This is the criticism that is being leveled at Trump from many quarters, that he has failed to understand the motive of the Mayor when he made the remarks, which was to calm down the public's fears and give them a sense of safety, as is his responsibility.
This is not the first time that President Trump has put himself in an awkward position with a hasty tweet. He has, in fact, build a reputation of sorts for tweeting without thinking his comment through and this has resulted in much confusion and some humor in the past. However, in a matter of such gravity as the London attacks where many have lost lives, this does not augur well for a person holding such an important office.