London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Cancel Trump State Visit Over Attack Tweets

Nick Mcbride
June 7, 2017

Boris Johnson has launched a strident defence of his successor, Labour's Sadiq Khan, in the row between the London Mayor and Donald Trump but says there is no reason to rescind the US President's state visit scheduled for later in the year.

"But Sadiq was perfectly right to reassure the public about the presence of armed officers on the street".

"I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it's wrong to say anything else - he's doing a good job", she told a press conference on Monday.

Donald Trump has yet to make an official visit to the United Kingdom, but the Brits have already begun to prepare for the inevitable.

Trump's tweet renews his mischaracterization of Khan's statement to London residents following a vehicle and knife attack that left seven people dead and dozens injured.

He also said that after the death of 7 persons and the 48 wounded, there is no any reason to be alarmed.

Asked if Trump was criticising the mayor of London because he is Muslim, Sanders said that was "utterly ridiculous". Trump wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning.

"Cuts on this scale would make it harder to foil future terrorist attacks on our city and as Mayor of London I'm simply not willing to stand by and let that happen".

"But one of the things about a special relationship, it's like having a best friend - you stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they're wrong, and you tell them when they are wrong". But as the Department of Justice continues to craft and whittle the order into something more legally palatable, Trump continues to tweet statements that effectively obstruct his own administration.

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We won't let Trump 'divide our communities,' Khan says
Trump's tweets were widely mocked in Britain, where the overwhelming mood is one of unity against terrorism and praise for security services.

"I just haven't had the time to respond to tweets from Donald Trump", said Khan.

Exhibit A in its argument: Trump's tweets following the terror attack in London over the weekend.

May said on Monday that Khan is "doing a good job" and it was "wrong" for people, including Trump, to say otherwise.

"Police officers in our communities act as the eyes and ears of the security services, providing the intelligence and information that allow us to disrupt attempted terrorist attacks". "From Saturday until now my focus has been dealing with the aftermath of the horrific attack".

He denied he was stoking up a feud which went back to 2016, when the mayor described the then presidential candidate's calls for a ban on Muslim entry into the USA as "ignorant".

When Theresa May offered Trump an official state visit when the pair first met, it was an unprecedented move for a new and controversial president.

"What Donald Trump did in response to the British tragedy was, again, I think, inappropriate for a toddler, much less the president of the United States", Rep. Jim Himes of CT said on CNN's New Day.

Trump doubled down on his remark Monday.

"Only Theresa May and the Conservatives will give the police the funding and the powers they need to keep us safe".

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