The Associated Press, based in New York City, just published a rather damning article about President Donald Trump.
The introduction to that article was particularly powerful – nineteen simple words that sum up the complete and utter lack of leadership, integrity, and legitimacy that plague Trump’s presidency:
President Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent acts are unfolding abroad.
The AP’s article came in response to a Trump Twitter storm in which a series of misinformed and poorly-timed tweets were shot out condemning the Mayor of London. He also used the occasion to shamelessly promote his illegal travel ban.
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
The Independent points out that Trump’s tweet completely took the Mayor’s words out of context, twisting them for Trump’s own political gain. Kahn’s statement:
Londoners will see increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There’s no reason to be alarmed.
As the AP’s article points out, Trump’s tweets also included information that assumed terrorism long before the British authorities had even issued a statement about possibility of terrorism:
Trump suggested terrorism was at play in the London attack, sharing on Twitter an unconfirmed report to that effect, well before British authorities said so.
It is still not known whether the attackers were British citizens or immigrants and therefore whether a Trump-style freeze on entry of people from certain nations might have prevented the violence by three knife-wielding assailants, who were killed by police.
Reaction to the AP’s article was brilliant. It acknowledged the both the weight of the story and the fact that the AP rarely makes statements that could be construed as political in any way, shape, or form.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) June 5, 2017
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 5, 2017