No need to cancel Trump's visit to UK - British Foreign Secretary
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 9:51
The original quote was meant to reassure Londoners they had "no reason to be alarmed" about the "increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days" on the streets of the capital, rather than the attack itself.
Mr Khan has come under repeated criticism from Donald Trump over his handling of the terror attacks.
A spokesman for Khan responded that the mayor "has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context" his remarks. Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, defeated by Trump last November, praised Khan's performance in dealing with the attacks. You stand with them in times of adversity, but you call them our when they are wrong.
Trump mistakenly interpreted the comment as Khan saying that there was "no reason to be alarmed" by the attack itself, and slammed Khan repeatedly on Twitter, most recently this morning. "He is more of a statesman than Trump will ever be".
"Rather than the mayor of London attacking, maybe he should do something about it", Trump Jr. said.
After Trump's tweet Sunday, the acting USA ambassador to the U.K., Lewis Lukens, issued a statement commending Khan for his response to the attacks.
"We've been working with Sadiq Khan".
Khan emphasized that Trump's policies and behavior should not be sanctioned with a visit.
The White House has downplayed the clash of words between Trump and Khan.
The fallout from the president's criticism has sparked calls for the United Kingdom to retract an invitation to the American leader to visit.
"I was happy to see that", the billionaire property developer said of Mr Khan's election.
In fact, Khan was referring specifically to increased police patrols on the streets of London, and reassuring its residents not to be unduly concerned by that escalation.
Mr Trump has since tweeted that Mr Khan had to "think fast" and was making a "pathetic exuse" with his explanation.
The US conference of mayors, which represents the leaders of major US cities of all political allegiances, also sent a message congratulating Khan on his leadership. He called the president "truly beneath contempt" and "just a troll" - and called on May to "tell Trump where to get off". "It's a vetting system to keep America safe - that's it, plain and simple", Spicer said then.