Trump Calls London Attacks 'Evil Slaughter,' Vows 'Bloodshed Will End'

Trump's remarks come hours after he lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who urged the city's residents to remain calm following the deadly attack

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his decision on the Paris Climate Accords in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 1, 2017.
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U.S. President Donald Trump called the London attacks an "evil slaughter" on Sunday and said the United States would do everything it could in its power to assist the United Kingdom to bring those responsible to justice. 

"This bloodshed must end. This bloodshed will end," Trump said in brief remarks after a gala event at Ford's Theater in Washington. 

On Saturday night, attackers killed at least seven people by ramming a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbing revelers in nearby bars. Police shot dead the three male assailants in the Borough Market area near London Bridge within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call. 

Trump's remarks come hours after he lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who urged the city's residents to remain calm following the attack.

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" Trump tweeted.

Trump was apparently responding to comments made by Khan in an interview earlier in the day, in which he said: "Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days - no reason to be alarmed."

As the attack unfolded on Saturday night, Trump took to Twitter to offer American help to Britain and to promote his controversial travel ban as an extra level of security for Americans. 

"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!" Trump said in one of two tweets. 

In another tweet, Trump said "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!" 

Trump was quickly criticized on social media for politicizing the terror attack to defend one of his more controversial policies. CNN'S Reza Aslan went as far as to tweet, "This piece of shit is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He's an embarrassment to humankind."