“I’m not going to respond to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr.,” Khan told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. “I’ve been doing far more important things over the last 24 hours.”
Donald Trump Jr. manages the Trump Organization and has no role in the White House, but he remains an occasional surrogate for his father. The younger Trump also occasionally calls out the President’s political opponents on Twitter, the venue he chose Wednesday to weigh in on the incident in Britain.
The article featured Khan’s reaction to a bombing in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York. In it, Khan said that the threat of terror attacks is “part and parcel of living in a big city,” and asked Londoners to be correspondingly “vigilant.”
Twitter users took to the platform to criticise Trump for his take on the tragedy.
Labour politician Wes Streeting — a party colleague of Khan — called the President’s son a “disgrace” for capitalising on the attack for “political gain.”
“You use a terrorist attack on our city to attack London’s Mayor for your own political gain,” he wrote. “You’re a disgrace.”
A journalist for UK broadcaster Channel 4 accused Trump of mischaracterizing Khan’s words — suggesting that he didn’t read past the article’s lead paragraph.
“Is this helpful @DonaldJTrumpJr?” Ciaran Jenkins wrote. “Did you even read the article before goading London’s Mayor during a live incident?” Go to CNN to read more.