The oldest son of President Donald Trump has come under fire after he criticized London’s mayor shortly after the terror attack in the capital that killed three people.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted an article that was written last year, in which Sadiq Khan said that terror vigilance has become “part and parcel” of life in a global city.
He tweeted the article with the headline: “You have to be kidding me?!” It gave an impression as if Mr. Khan made the statement after the attack.
The latest tweet has angered many Britons who accuse Trump Jr. of exploiting the tragedy.
Wednesday’s attack injured dozens when the assailant drove a car through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. The attacker then fatally knifed a police officer who tried to stop him from entering the Houses of Parliament; he was subsequently shot dead.
Mr. Trump shared September 16 article from the Independent newspaper two hours after the incident.
Mr. Khan was going to meet New York Mayor Bill De Blasio shortly after speaking to the newspaper, and he made the statement after three bombs had exploded in New York and nearby towns a day before the meeting.
The attack had wounded 29 people, Mr. Khan said that the attack had given him a sleepless night and he was pondering on the dangers faced by big Western cities like London and New York when he said:
“Part and parcel of living in a great global city is you have to be prepared for these sorts of things, you have to be vigilant, you have to support the police doing an incredibly hard job, you have to support the security services.”
After the terror attack on Wednesday, the London mayor said, “Londoners will never be cowed to terrorism” and the residents of the city stand in the face of people who seek to harm it.
The tweet has angered many Britons, including MP Wes Streeting, who called Trump Jr. a “disgrace” for exploiting the tragedy.
“@DonaldJTrumpJr You use a terrorist attack on our city to attack London’s Mayor for your own political gain. You’re a disgrace.”
Some people accused him of implying the comments from Mr. Khan came after the attack. A tweet from a user @Marine_Donn read:
“@DonaldJTrumpJr how Dare you post this as if he said it today.”
London’s first Muslim Mayor, Mr. Khan has clashed with President Trump.
He described the U.S. travel ban in January as “shameful and cruel.” He also accused Donald Trump last year – who was the Presidential candidate at that time – of being “ignorant” about Islam.
Mr. Trump had responded by challenging the London mayor to an IQ test.