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London Mayor Sadiq Khan Fires Back at Trump

On Monday evening, London Mayor Sadiq Khan fired back at President Donald Trump, suggesting that the UK should cancel his planned state visit this fall, saying:

“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.”

The comments were widely seen as a rebuke to Trump’s Twitter tirade against Khan in the wake of the London terror attack over the weekend in which Trump portrayed Khan as soft on terror.

In Khan’s initial statement on Sunday morning condemning the attack, Khan said:

“Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There’s no reason to be alarmed.”

Hours later, Trump twisted Khan’s words out of context:

After widely being called out for misrepresenting Khan, Trump doubled down on his initial tweet, claiming that the mainstream media was trying to defend Khan.

In the wake of these baseless attacks on Khan, Prime Minister Theresa May is facing increasing calls to cancel Trump’s visit, just days away from Thursday’s UK elections.

Tim Farron, leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, said:

“Sadiq Khan has shown dignity and leadership. Theresa May absolutely must withdraw the state visit. This is a man insulting our national values at a time of introspection and mourning.”

Senior Labour MP echoed that sentiment on Twitter:

After initially expressing her support for Khan, Prime Minister Theresa May told The Sun on Tuesday that Trump’s visit would go on, saying:

“The relationship with America is our deepest and most important defence and security relationship. Having said that, I think Donald Trump is wrong in what he said about Sadiq Khan, in relation to the attack on London Bridge.”

UK’s election is on Thursday, June 8th.

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  • Todd Beeton is a digital strategist living in New York City, specializing in the use of social media tools for digital storytelling. During the 2008 election, Todd blogged about the presidential election as a front page blogger and editor for MyDD.com, a national progressive political site. For the last several years, Todd was proud to serve as digital director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, directing her social media content and strategy over four election cycles.

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