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."
🚨🚨London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Cancel Trump's state visit to the U.K. https://t.co/x5rGjYiT5z https://t.co/KJHKY8AfHo— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1496710868.0
<p>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.</p><p><div id="action_button_container"></div></p><p>In Khan's initial statement on Sunday morning condemning the attack, Khan said:</p><blockquote>“Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There’s no reason to be alarmed.”</blockquote><blockquote class="twitter-video"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">We are all shocked and angry today - but this is our city. We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism. <a href="https://t.co/o7ZMwg28mv">pic.twitter.com/o7ZMwg28mv</a></p><p>— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) <a href="https://twitter.com/MayorofLondon/status/871270734835965952">June 4, 2017</a></p></blockquote><p>Hours later, Trump twisted Khan's words out of context:</p><p></p><div id="6b54a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7YL4F91574878746"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="871328428963901440" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"</div> — Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)<a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/statuses/871328428963901440">1496575860.0</a></blockquote></div><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><div id="63c94" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7SVY581574878746"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="871725780535062528" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!</div> — Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)<a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/statuses/871725780535062528">1496670596.0</a></blockquote></div><p></p><p>In the wake of these baseless attacks on Khan, Prime Minister Theresa May is <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/trump-state-visit-uk-cancel-theresa-may-urged-to-stop-trip-us-president-a7774141.html">facing increasing calls</a> to cancel Trump's visit, just days away from Thursday's UK elections.</p><p><div data-conversation-spotlight=""></div></p><p>Tim Farron, leader of the UK's Liberal Democrats, said:</p><blockquote>"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.”</blockquote><p>Senior Labour MP echoed that sentiment on Twitter:</p><p></p><div id="8965c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0ZRRCE1574878746"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="871740545336569856" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">You are truly beneath contempt. You are just a troll. Show some bottle please PM. Cancel the state visit and tell T… https://t.co/zsvvYMU8OL</div> — David Lammy (@David Lammy)<a href="https://twitter.com/DavidLammy/statuses/871740545336569856">1496674116.0</a></blockquote></div><p></p><p>After initially expressing her support for Khan, Prime Minister Theresa May told <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3736132/theresa-may-brands-donald-trump-wrong-to-attack-sadiq-khan-but-insists-his-state-visit-will-still-go-ahead/">The Sun</a> on Tuesday that Trump's visit would go on, saying:</p><blockquote>“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."</blockquote><p>UK's election is on Thursday, June 8th.</p>
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