Trump problems increase every other day, with now the London Mayor Sadiq Khan saying on Sunday that it would be wrong for Britain to host US President Donald Trump on a state visit, describing some of the US leader’s views on Islam as “ignorant”.
Trump has criticized Khan, accusing the mayor of making a “pathetic excuse” over his statement urging Londoners not to be alarmed by the presence of additional police on the streets in response to an attack in June.
Appearing on Channel 4 News on Monday evening, Khan said Trump was wrong about “many things” and that his state visit should not go ahead.
“I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,” he said.
On June 2, a van barrelled through a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge and three men later attacked people inside restaurants and pubs near Borough Market. Seven people were killed during the attack.
“When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.”
Trump’s tirade also appeared to act as a rebuke to the acting US ambassador to Britain, Lewis Lukens, who had put out a thread of tweets, culminating in a retweet of Khan’s statement.
“I commend the strong leadership of the mayor of London as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack,” the acting ambassador said.
The London mayor’s office initially responded by saying Khan had “more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks”.
Hours later, Trump retorted:
“Pathetic excuse by London mayor Sadiq Khan, who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. [Mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!”
Theresa May appeared unwilling to be drawn into the row. She praised Khan’s response to the attack but refused to explicitly comment on the US president’s intervention.