President Donald Trump faced a barrage of criticism for tweets he sent out after the terror attack in London Saturday night.
“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “If we don’t get smart, it will only get worse.”
He also took the opportunity to defend his travel ban — “We need the courts to give us back our rights,” he said. “We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” — and then he berated London Mayor Sadiq Khan for what Trump deemed a nonchalant response to the attacks.
Trump didn’t stop there:
Trump’s criticism of Khan took the mayor’s words out of context. “Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days,” Khan had told the BBC in an interview Sunday. “There’s no reason to be alarmed. One of the things the police and all of us need to do is ensure that we’re as safe as we possibly can be,” he said.
Khan also wrote on Facebook that the attacks were sickening. “I condemn them in the strongest possible terms,” the mayor said, adding that he had better things to do than address the U.S. president’s comments.
“He 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,” a mayoral spokesman said.
Trump also called Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences after Saturday night’s terrorist attacks, before going golfing Sunday. After firing off the incendiary tweets, the president hit the links at his Trump national golf club in Virginia.
Before he became president, Trump criticized President Obama for his regular golfing habit. According to The Hill, Obama averaged 41 visits to golf courses per year. Trump’s session on Sunday was his 23rd visit to a golf club since he took office 134 days ago.