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Hillary Clinton defends London mayor after Trump attack

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Hillary Clinton on Monday praised London Mayor Sadiq Khan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Hillary Clinton on Monday praised London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his "steady, determined leadership" after President Trump criticized him for making excuses for the recent wave of terror attacks in his city.

"This is a time for us to reach out to the world, to understand more about what is happening," Clinton said at a fundraiser for Rep. Elijah Cummings' youth program. "Not just in our own country, but indeed across the globe. It is a time for steady determined leadership like we are seeing from London's mayor and local authorities."

Trump excoriated Kahn on Twitter on Monday, for quotes taken out of context during an interview with the BBC in which he said, "Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There's no reason to be alarmed."

"Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his 'no reason to be alarmed' statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

While she did not criticize Trump by name, Clinton warned the crowd about politicians who are using the attack to stoke fear and advance their own political agendas.

"This is not a time to lash out, to incite fear, and use trash talk and terror for political gain," Clinton said.

She said the terror attacks provide an opportunity for America to reach out to the world and its allies to achieve mutual understanding.