London Mayor Sadiq Khan is reportedly calling on the British government to cancel a scheduled state visit by U.S. President Donald Trump following the latter’s rants following Saturday’s London terror attack.
As The Guardian reports, Khan appeared on Channel 4 News yesterday to say, “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.”
Khan continued, “when you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.”
See Khan’s remarks below.
Following Saturday’s attack in London, which killed seven people, Trump took to Twitter to criticize Khan.
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
The Guardian accuses Trump of having misunderstood Khan’s remarks, stating Khan’s “there’s not reason to be alarmed” remark was in reference to the extra number of police officers that would be on the streets of London following the attack.
Khan’s office made the same accusation, stating that the mayor had “more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks.”
Trump called that response a “pathetic excuse.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
This is not the first time Khan has called for a visit to the UK by Trump to be canceled.
Writing for The Evening Standard, Khan made a similar call earlier this year in response to Trump’s travel ban.
“Every country has the right to set its own immigration policies but this ban is both discriminatory and counter-productive,” he wrote.
“It will see the US turn its back on its obligation to refugees fleeing from violence and persecution — and it will play straight into the hands of the terrorists and extremists who seek to divide and harm our great nations. I fear it will be used to act as a recruiting sergeant for so-called IS and other like-minded groups.”
As for Khan’s latest call for the cancelation of Trump’s state visit, he is not alone.
As Newsweek reports, senior Labour Member of Parliament David Lammy has also called for the revoking of Trump’s invitation, referring to the President as “just a troll.”
You are truly beneath contempt. You are just a troll. Show some bottle please PM. Cancel the state visit and tell Trump where to get off. https://t.co/8gyqbHt0rM
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 5, 2017
Newsweek, however, reports that May’s government has responded by stating, “HM Government believes the President of the United States should be extended the full courtesy of a State Visit. We look forward to welcoming President Trump once dates and arrangements are finalized.”