After London, Trump calls for an end to political correctness

SHAWN THEW

US President Donald J. Trump announces that the US is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord during a Rose Garden event at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 01 June 2017.

After London, Trump calls for an end to political correctness


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Less than 24-hours after the terrorist attack in London, US President Donald Trump took the opportunity to defend his travel ban measures, defend gun ownership, attack political correctness, and criticize the Mayor of London.

For the US President, the London attack constitutes a vindication of his domestic policy agenda. For instance, he presented his anti-Muslim travel ban as an anti-terrorism measure. Interestingly, this ban does not include Saudi Arabia, despite the fierce criticism of Donald Trump the candidate when former President Barack Obama moved to veto the JASTA Act in September 2016.

And while political campaigning has been suspended in the UK in tribute to the victims, the US President went on to attack the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for telling Londoners there is no reason to be alarmed. London’s Metropolitan Police and the Prime Minister made clear on Sunday morning that there is no reason to believe that the latest attack has anything more than an ideological link to the Manchester attack.

Mr. Khan is the first Muslim Mayor of any Western metropolis.

Trump’s call for an end to political correctness was soon followed by Nigel Farage.

Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Theresa May had also warned that “enough is enough” and asserted that “to be frank, {there is} far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.” However, she made clear that it is “Islamist extremism” that must be defeated as an ideology, underscoring that this represents “a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth.”

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