Number 23 in a series

Our adventures with a schlemiel president continue, much to the delight of many. I being one of the many. So, what’s the latest? ABC World News Tonight with David Muir has the story from Monday:

For the second consecutive day, President Trump assailed London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s response to terror attacks, misinterpreting the mayor’s call for residents to remain calm as police stepped up anti-terror patrols.

Our President dug himself deeper.

Asked to explain, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders proved less than transparent:

ABC’s Jonathan Karl sparred with Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders during Monday’s White House press briefing over President Donald Trump‘s Twitter posts that targeted the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

“Why is the President picking a fight with the mayor of London right after his city was hit by a terrorist attack?” Karl wondered.

Sanders replied, “I don’t see that the President is picking a fight with the mayor of London at all. I think, again, the President’s point is something he said…a year and a half ago, when the President talked about how we have to be more committed to national security. One of the reasons we have the travel ban here through that executive order is a focus on national security.”

Karl followed up by directly challenging one of Mr. Trump’s Twitter posts: “But the President was saying — the mayor said there was no reason to be alarmed by the terrorist attack. That is not what the mayor said. The mayor, in fact, said that the threat level remains severe. The chances of another attack are highly likely. He was saying, don’t be alarmed by the armed police presence on the street. And the President directly misrepresented what the mayor of London said.”

And she had a bit more to say that is interesting:

The White House flack shot back, “I don’t think that’s actually true. I think that the media wants to spin it that way.”

Yes, “the media wants to spin it that way.” Call me a hick from the sticks if you want to, but “spin” is usually associated with a degree of misdirection. A rational viewer will come away with no doubt the schlemiel-in-chief took part of what the mayor had to say and formed his own version. Then he employed his own version to spank the mayor. That qualifies as spin.

London’s mayor is a Muslim, which is significant. For the past 1000 years all other London mayors have been either Christian or pretend Christian. Again, a rational viewer will take away that this mayor is calling it what it is and is not having bullshit from an American  president. Mayor Sadiq Khan announced he has more on his plate than dealing with Donald Trump:

… but until now Khan had calmly responded he “has better and more important things to focus on than” to waste his time responding to the president of the united states…

Mayor Khan also suggested Donald Trump’s state visit to  the U.K. be canceled. Good for them, not so good for us.

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