Shortly after that, at 7:17 P.M. on the East Coast, Trump issued a tweet, saying, “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” There was no expression of concern for the dead and injured and their families; no expression of admiration for the bravery of the British police, who were rushing into a deadly situation; no expression of solidarity with the British people and the British government. Instead, there was only a blatant effort to make political capital out of an unfolding tragedy.
Evidently, someone around Trump alerted him to how this might be received. Or perhaps Trump cottoned onto it himself. At 7:24 P.M. he tweeted: “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!”
He might have left things there. But no. On Sunday morning, he was back on Twitter, making another political point: “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.” Twelve minutes later, he took a shot at Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’ “
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