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U.S. Ambassador contradicts Trump over criticism of London mayor

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.