GOP Rep. Collins: London mayor started feud with Trump

Boris Johnson has insisted Donald Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom will go ahead and that the US President is still welcome despite his criticism of Sadiq Khan in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack.

Trump aimed criticism towards Khan via social networking site Twitter, and later backed up his statement and accused the London mayor of coming up with a "pathetic excuse".

Khan's comments came after Trump criticized the mayor's reaction to Saturday's London attack.

The Telegraph reported, Sadiq Khan, while speaking to Channel 4 News, said US President had been wrong about many things and the government should cancel his state visit to UK. "I've been clear that we have a special relationship with the U.S., it's very important we have a close relationship, it takes two to tango", he told ITV on Tuesday morning.

This is not the first time Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital city, has called for Trump's state visit to be banned. Khan's spokesperson initially said that the mayor would not respond, as he has "more important things to do".

Almost two million people signed an online petition seeking to stop Trump making a state visit after he was invited during Prime Minister Theresa May's trip to the USA in January.

Theresa May had earlier dodged repeated questioning about President Trump's tweets, declining to criticise the president and instead opting to praise Mr Khan and their close working relationship following the attacks.

PM May told reporters: "I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it's wrong to say anything else".

"Mr. Trump may find himself running an administration with no one but his family and the Breitbart staff. People of talent won't work for a boss who undermines them in public without thinking about the consequences", the Journal piece said.

Khan, a human rights lawyer and practicing Muslim hails from Pakistan, has challenged repeatedly Trump's calls to ban Muslims or people from Muslim countries from entering the U.S, saying the president has a "rude view of Islam".

He added that Khan is "entirely right" to speak as he did toward Trump.

The President's eldest son criticized Khan for "attacking" his father, even though President Trump initiated the tweets. "It happened again, and we keep appeasing it, and we keep saying OK it's going to be great, we're going to hold fast, and we're going to keep calm and carry on".

The war of words between Trump and Khan are the most recent in a bitter series.

  • Leroy Wright