Cancel Trump's proposed state visit to United Kingdom, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 22:31
He previously branded Trump's policies on immigration and proposed travel ban on people entering the USA from predominantly Muslim countries "cruel".
Trump had accused Khan of a "pathetic" response to Saturday's terrorist attack, after the mayor urged people not to be alarmed.
Speaking to Channel 4 News from the vigil held on Monday night for the victims of the attack two days earlier, Mr Khan said he did not think the US President should be welcomed to Britain for a state visit, saying he "goes against everything we stand for".
Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, made a similar call on Monday, saying Trump was insulting Britain's values "at a time of introspection and mourning".
After three men drove a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge Saturday and went on a stabbing spree, Trump misquoted Khan in a tweet and implied that the mayor was downplaying the danger of the situation.
A spokesman for Mr Khan said he had more important things to be doing than responding to Mr Trump's "ill-informed" tweet - but yesterday the United States leader posted a fresh attack to his 31.5 million Twitter followers.
"MSM [mainstream media] working hard to sell it!"
"You should be alarmed", Eric Trump told ABC News, referring to terror attacks like the one that took place in London over the weekend.
May on Monday was also repeatedly asked to address Trump's comments. "I'm not tangoing with this guy, I've got better things to do", said Mr Khan.
"We're working with him, working together and that's important-central government and the London mayoralty and his officials working together to ensure we are responding to the attack". The mayor aimed to calm fears in the face of an increased police presence, his spokesman said. "Thank you, Mayor Khan, for your leadership during this crisis".
On Tuesday morning he reiterated his stance, telling the BBC that "there are so many things Donald Trump is wrong about, and in those circumstances I'm not in favour of a state visit". Both mayors have similar political stances and strategies for handling acts of terrorism.