London mayor shuts down Trump Jr. tweet: I have more important things to do

CNN reports that a day after a terror attack in his city left three people dead and as many as 40 wounded, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he has more important things to do than responding to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr.

Wednesday, President Trump’s son tweeted, “You have to be kidding me?!” in response Khan’s assertion in 2016 to The Independent newspaper that terror attacks are “part and parcel” of living in a major city.

“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.

“You have to be kidding me?!” Trump Jr. tweeted, as he shared a September 2016 article from The Independent, and paraphrased its headline as: “Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan”

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 reacts

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.
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