Sadiq Khan: Cancel Donald Trump's United Kingdom visit


The mayor of London called for Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel President Donald Trump's planned state visit to the United Kingdom after Trump's latest outburst at the mayor following Saturday night's terrorist attack in the city.

In the recent two days a group of terrorists killed seven people and injured many on London Bridge, Trump tweeted several times and used it to promote his travel ban, for being blocked by the courts.

If London's mayor has anything to say about it, President Donald Trump won't be visiting the city anytime soon.

Speaking on Channel 4 News, Khan said Britain should not be "rolling out the red carpet to the president of the U.S. in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", when asked whether the visit should be called off. "When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate".

"And that's a million miles from the Islam that I know.You speak to the three million-plus British Muslims, they also condemn unequivocally these men", he added.

Yet, Khan's supporters pushed back at Trump's assertion, noting that Khan was simply telling Londoners not to be afraid of the increased police presence as the city took necessary precautions.

Mr Khan's spokesman initially said the mayor had "more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet". "MSM [Mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!"

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Khan, who became the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital city when he was elected in 2016, in October called Trump's campaign pledge to ban Muslims from entering the USA "ignorant".

"Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement", Trump said in a second tweet later Monday. "I think it's a very good thing, and I hope he does a very good job because frankly, that would be very, very good".

"The invitation has been issued and accepted but I see no reason to change that", he said.

Asked if Mr Trump's official trip to Britain will go ahead, Mrs May said: "Yes".

Donald Trump Jr, who along with brother Eric is running the Trump business while his father is president, told ABC News that leaders should not keep appeasing terrorism.

Khan's integrity in the face of Trump's behaviour has been lauded by his peers in Britain, with Lib Dem leader Tim Farron saying that "Sadiq Khan has shown dignity and leadership".

"This is a time for us to reach out to the world, to understand more about what is happening - not just in our own country, but indeed across the globe", said Clinton.