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Trump bashes political correctness, gun control and London's mayor in wake of UK terror attack

President Donald Trump posted several messages on Twitter on June 4, 2017, criticizing political correctness, gun-control advocates and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who said on Sunday London’s increased police presence should comfort citizens and that there’s “no reason to be alarmed.” (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump posted several messages on Twitter on Sunday morning criticizing political correctness, gun-control advocates and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who said on Sunday London’s increased police presence should comfort citizens and that there’s “no reason to be alarmed.”

Reacting to the news three Islamic terrorists in London on Saturday evening murdered seven people and injured 48 in an attack that included using a van to run down pedestrians on London Bridge and a series of subsequent stabbings, Trump wrote on Twitter, “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.”

On Saturday evening, Trump said on Twitter, “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough,” and he called on “the courts” to validate Trump’s temporary ban on immigrants coming to the United States from six predominantly Muslim nations that have had a history of deep ties to terrorism. The ban has been struck down by a federal district court judge under the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ jurisdiction and by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges in those cases ruled that the ban is unconstitutional because it targets Muslims, a claim that was justified by looking to several claims Trump made during the campaign.

It is likely the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the temporary ban issued by Trump.

Trump also briefly criticized gun-control advocates, suggesting gun control can’t keep people from committing violent acts of terrorism.

“Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now?” Trump said. “That's because they used knives and a truck!”

A third post made by Trump on Twitter on Sunday morning criticized the mayor of London for suggesting there is “no reason” for citizens of London “to be alarmed.”

“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” Trump wrote.

On Sunday, in an attempt to calm his city, Khan issued a statement in which he promised an “increased police presence” and said London is “the safest global city in the world.”

“My message to Londoners and visitors to our great city is to be calm and vigilant today,” Khan said. “You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this. We are the safest global city in the world. You saw last night as a consequence of our planning, our preparation, the rehearsals that take place, the swift response from the emergency services tackling the terrorists and also helping the injured.”

The Guardian (U.K.) reported on Sunday a spokesperson for the London mayor said he has “more important things to do” than worry about Trump’s comments.

“ has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police — including armed officers — on the streets.”

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