Opinion: Trump an international laughingstock

(AP)

Only Donald Trump could screw up a statement of sympathy and support for an ally under terror attack, in the process turning himself into a target of derision among British citizens and leaders across the political spectrum.

As a former British ambassador to the United States responded:

Leaders of the Labour and Conservative parties responded as well:

Trump managed this unusual feat of unifying Britain against him by taking a statement from the mayor of London badly out of context and then attacking him for it on Twitter, suggesting that the mayor wasn’t taking terrorism seriously. Trump issued the attack even as the mayor and other British officials were still trying to get a grasp on what was happening in their capital city.

It did not go unnoticed that Trump’s target, Sadiq Khan, is himself Muslim and had tangled with Trump back during the campaign over the so-called Muslim ban.

In his comments, Khan had condemned what he called “a deliberate and cowardly act,” saying “there is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts. He also told his fellow Londoners the following:

“Just like terrorists are constantly evolving, finding new ways to disrupt us, harm us, attack us, the police and experts and all of us are finding new ways to keep us safe. Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days — no reason to be alarmed. One of the things the police and all of us need to do is make sure that we’re as safe as we can possibly be.”

That was the basis for Trump’s attack.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, running for re-election with the Conservative Party, expressed her full support for Khan, a member of the competing Labour Party, calling his response to the attacks “excellent.” The head of the Liberal Democrats did the same. “Sadiq Khan has shown calm and dignified resolve in the face of these cowardly terrorist attacks,” said Tim Farron. “He is more of a statesman than Donald Trump will ever be.”

Even the acting U.S. ambassador to Britain spoke out in support of Khan:

Earlier this morning, having had a day to cool off and reconsider his actions, Trump responded just as you might have expected:

It’s not going to get any better, people, not until this man is removed from the high office in which he has mistakenly been installed.

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Jim Rowland
Jim Rowland

And the AND is the local laughingstock!

Brandon Bowers
Brandon Bowers

It is not an opinion or fake news. It is 100% true.

Star1447
Star1447

Jay Bookman makes me want to puke. He is a most liberal writer and never has anything good to say about conservatives. It was amazing that people in the streets of London were chanting Trump's name instead of the mayor and they were saying "Britain first". Their open door policies have led to the problems they are having and will eventually create problems for us here if liberals get their way.

Aubrey_
Aubrey_

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Roland Brian
Roland Brian

Critical Trump editorial from the AJC? Shocker.

Roland Boney
Roland Boney

Tonight Ossoff was the laughingstock. Using fake news sources as references.

Lester Smith
Lester Smith

He is gone be the best president America had ever had

Jerry Baggott
Jerry Baggott

AJC, AJC, AJC, NOPE DOESN'T MEAN A THING......OH,, A LIBERAL. ..WELL THAT EXPLAINS THE IGNORANCE. ....

Paidge Strowd
Paidge Strowd

A ccording to who? You lie like a bed. We could care less what you report..

Frank Hilton
Frank Hilton

Enough all ready, slow news day! The National Enquirer of the South!

wrh7345
wrh7345

The only laughing stock I see is the horses butt that wrote this article. The Mayor says not to be alarmed....Give me a break...What in the hell else should his people be? Scared to go out in the city, for one. Go to any event that draws large crowds for another. The only person I see that should be removed from office is the Mayor of that unfortunate city. Another person, although not an office holder, Thank God, is the author of this article. He is publicly allowed to post his derogatory opinion, his own personal opinion by the way, of the duly elected president of the United States of America and get paid for it to boot. Of course the AJC would probably never let him go but using your position as a columnist of a news paper to present  his personal views is protected as freedom of the press. Maybe he should move to London.

Richard Stanfield
Richard Stanfield

HAHAHAHAHA AND YOU WILL BE LAUGHING WHEN TRUMP IS RE-ELECTED IN 2020.

Allen Bryce
Allen Bryce

No, he is an inspiration to politics.

Chris Policronis
Chris Policronis

The only laughing stock I see is the AJC and the liberal loons that think this is real news!

Trina Dawson
Trina Dawson

When will you all realize that until we ALL get along, the country will be in the MESS that it's in now. Surely, you have more to do than go back and forth criticizing each other. #thisispartoftheproblem

Lee Walker
Lee Walker

not sure if ignorance is bliss but reading the supporters comments sure is

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

HBD0329, thanks for that NYT op ed you linked.

Thought this bore a closer look.

"The larger message is that people who support him are fully American, and people who don’t are something less. He tells elaborate lies about voter fraud by those who oppose him, especially African-Americans and Latinos. Then he uses those lies to justify measures that restrict their voting. (Alas, much of the Republican Party is guilty on this score.)"

Indeed. I should know better than to be surprised by anything I hear from our td, but still I was a few days back. I indicated that my congressional representative had sent me a form email response weeks after I had criticized his vote on the AHCA.

td actually said this House member should not give me so much as "the time of day" because I DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM.

This kind of anti democratic (small d) mindset is truly something new, and incredibly dangerous.

Eric Akridge
Eric Akridge

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Cynthia Pierce Daniels
Cynthia Pierce Daniels

What do you expect from a mindset of a two year old, but I don't want to insult two year olds.

Mel Harris
Mel Harris

The truth is,, Everone I know is Having a good Laugh on the News Media...Such Childish Attacks....You all look Stupid...and Probably are !

Cee Brown
Cee Brown

Trump is completely screw up no one too much like him he is gonna bring America into war and I think that is what some of these ignorant white folk would like to see happen white folk stop hate and find love in your miserable heart

HDB0329
HDB0329

....has anyone noticed that Orange Foolius blames everyone ELSE for his stupidity??


Jeff Sessions is about to learn for himself......



Trump Grows Discontented With Attorney General Jeff Sessions


"The discontent was on display on Monday in a series of stark early-morning postings on Twitter in which the president faulted his own Justice Department for its defense of his travel ban on visitors from certain predominantly Muslim countries. Mr. Trump accused Mr. Sessions’s department of devising a “politically correct” version of the ban — as if the president had nothing to do with it.


In private, the president’s exasperation has been even sharper. He has intermittently fumed for months over Mr. Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people close to Mr. Trump who insisted on anonymity to describe internal conversations. In Mr. Trump’s view, they said, it was that recusal that eventually led to the appointment of a special counsel who took over the investigation."


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/us/politics/trump-discontent-attorney-general-jeff-sessions.html



Debbie Gunn
Debbie Gunn

He didn't screw anything up....The media did...as usual...

Peachs
Peachs

The real difference between a left-wing leaker and a right wing leaker is that the left wing leaker is willing to go to jail for her principles. The right wing leaker hides in a third world embassy in London scared to put his foot on the cement..

Betty Nealy
Betty Nealy

Trump is the only one who has a Brain!!! He is definitely a great man and President!!! We are safer in America because of him!!!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

 News flash GOPhers, no one that works in national security will ever like anyone, be it  a president or you for that matter, that is complicit with a foreign government that attacks our democracy.  They will be coming after you or them with everything that they have.  So do not take it as a personal attack on an individual.  Trump's refusal to do anything about Russia or speak out against Russia is the only sign that the counterintelligence community needed to see to come after him.

Laura Grubbs
Laura Grubbs

No he isn't. Stop it. That is why they are chanting Trum in London

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

I am extremely concerned about the Russians attempting hack into our election process.  This upsets me very much.
The gravity of the situation weighs heavy on my mind.
I understand that the FBI is investigating and I want the investigation to be complete and thorough.
I am concerned that persons with access to classified information, out of their hatred of the POTUS, are leaking information to the press that may be harmful to the FBI's investigation.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@_GodlessHeathen_

I hear ya, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes the ends justify the means.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@_GodlessHeathen_ And you know she hated him how? Imagine this, she leaked because POTUS refused to do anything about it.  He was turning a blind eye to the facts being uncovered. She leaked because what Russia did strikes at the heart of our democracy, the right to vote.  He has yet to issue an official WH statement on the gravity of what Russia has done.  He lashes out at the media, leakers, everybody but the Russians.  Why is that?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@_GodlessHeathen_ That's funny.  RWers did not seem that concerned about Trumps leak of classified info and the harm it did to our national security.  Or the impact Trump's termination of Comey  to impede the investigation had on the FBI investigation.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@_GodlessHeathen_ @StraightNoChaser OK, you have established that but why is it that the President of the US refuses to make a statement condemning what Russia did which was an attack on our democracy?  He's the damn president.

gapeach101
gapeach101

@_GodlessHeathen_ Do you believe this would have been investigated without the leaks? The whole shebang?  All the appointees who forgot their meeting with the forgettable Russian ambassador?

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Im sure her parents are going to spin this to protect their kid. I understand

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

@_GodlessHeathen_ @Eye wonder  Of course - they've (libs on this blog + Mr. Bookman) already convicted the current POTUS of high crimes in their minds so now they want to dish out punishment - all without benefit of any legal findings of wrongdoing - par for the course in the dem (or is it dim) world on this site