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London Mayor Sadiq Khan (Matt Dunham / AP)

The acting U.S. ambassador to the U.K. has commended the Mayor of London for his handling of Saturday's terrorist attacks — hours after President Trump criticized the mayor's response.

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

What Lewis Lukens said, from the embassy twitter account: "Commend the strong leadership of the @MayorofLondon as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack."

What Mayor Sadiq Khan actually said: That Londoners shouldn't be alarmed by increased security. Trump took his words out of context.

Not Trump's man: Lukens is a career diplomat, serving as acting ambassador until Trump fills the role. Trump has indicated he will select Woody Johnson, the NY Jets owner, but has not yet nominated him.

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Schumer says Senate will stay through weekend to vote on COVID relief

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) of going to "ridiculous lengths" to show his opposition to a COVID relief package widely supported by the American public, after Johnson demanded that the entire 600-page bill be read on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Johnson's procedural move will likely add 10 hours to the 20 hours already allotted for debate, during which Republicans will propose amendments to force uncomfortable votes for Democrats. Schumer promised that the Senate will stay in session "no matter how long it takes" to finish voting on the $1.9 trillion rescue package.