The Latest: Trump assails London mayor for reassuring public

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Posted: Jun 04, 2017 4:29 PM
The Latest: Trump assails London mayor for reassuring public

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the attacks in London (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is criticizing London's mayor on Twitter after he sought to reassure residents about a stepped-up police presence on city streets following a deadly attack there.

In a series of tweets late Saturday and early Sunday, Trump challenged London Mayor Sadiq Khan for saying there was "no reason to be alarmed."

Trump also pushed his stalled travel ban, took on gun control supporters and pledged that the United States will be there to help London.

The mayor's spokesman says he's too busy to respond to Trump. The spokesman says Trump's tweet "deliberately takes out of context" Khan's remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they see armed officers on the streets.

The vehicle and knife attack killed seven people in a busy section of London Saturday and wounded about 50 people.

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8:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump has sent a flurry of early morning tweets in the wake of the London attacks — criticizing the city's mayor and bemoaning what he says is political correctness when it comes to national security.

The attack killed seven people in a busy section of London and wounded about 50 people.

Trump is calling out Mayor Sadiq Khan for saying there's "no reason to be alarmed."

Khan has used those words in a television interview, but it was to reassure Londoners about a stepped up police presence they might see — "No reason to be alarmed."

Trump used his initial response late Saturday to promote his travel ban — which U.S. courts have blocked. And on Sunday he tweeted: "We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse."

The president notes the attackers used a van to slam into pedestrians and then assaulted people with knives.

"Did you notice we are not having a gun debate right now?"

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2:35 a.m.

President Donald Trump responded to early reports of multiple attacks in London by promoting his travel ban, then offering supports to Londoners.

London authorities were in the early phase of responding to reports of attacks on London Bridge and other areas of the city when Trump weighed in on Twitter. The president tweeted in part, "We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!"

Federal courts have blocked Trump's travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries and refugees from anywhere in the world. His administration is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate it.

Trump followed his tweet about the travel ban with a message of support for Britons, writing in all capital letters, "WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!"