London Mayor Sadiq Khan has found himself embroiled in a row with Donald Trump's son, who used the attack on parliament to condemn comments made by the mayor past year that terrorist attacks are "part and parcel of living in a big city". Four people, including the assailant, were killed, and 40 were injured. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement offering his condolences and condemning the "horrific acts of violence" in which a lone attacker plowed a auto into crowds of tourists before fatally stabbing a police officer outside the U.K. Parliament. Police shot and killed the perpetrator, who Prime Minister Theresa May said was British-born and had been linked to violent extremism, after he plowed a vehicle through crowds, then tried to storm Parliament.
The London Mayor issued a defiant message, calling on Londoners to go about business as usual because terrorists "hate our way of life".
"You've got to be kidding me?" he tweeted, with a link to an article about Mr Khan in September. "As a Londoner who lived through the IRA, anti gay nail bombings and 7/7, this is not the time to be c**k".
The six-month-old interview took a whole new meaning after Donald Jr.'s tweet. You've got to be vigilant. Their reaction "showed the world what it means to be a Londoner", he said.
Last year, Trump Jr. came under fire when he compared Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles.
We're getting ahead of ourselves. On the day of the attack, he said: "We must never accept terrorists being successful, we must never accept that terrorists can destroy our life or destroy the way we lead our lives". But many also rushed to his defense, including Wes Streeting, a member of parliament from the Labour Party, who replied directly to Trump and called him a "disgrace".
"What I, what I can also confirm is the fact that there was just the one attacker yesterday and obviously, what the police are trying to do, is to ensure that they investigate as thoroughly as they can, any contacts and associates that this person may have". This a time to express our gratitude to the heroism of our police officers and emergency services who ran towards danger to help, and at the same time they encouraged others to run for safety.
"I want to reassure all Londoners and all our visitors not to be alarmed", said Khan.