LONDON, ENGLAND — The already bitter feud between American president Donald Trump and London mayor Sadiq Khan turned from bad to worse on Tuesday after Kahn made it clear to Trump that he’s not welcome in his city.
In an interview with London’s Channel 4 news (https://www.channel4.com/news/sadiq-khan-we-dont-have-resources-we-need), Khan said Britain should not be “rolling out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,” when asked about the president’s upcoming visit.
Kahn’s comments come after a tense couple of days between London and the U.S. during which Trump referred to Kahn’s leadership after the most recent wave of terror attacks as a “pathetic excuse”.
“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” Trump tweeted in response to Kahn’s statement that London residents should not be alarmed at the increased police state within the city.
Kahn’s spokesperson responded by saying the mayor “has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police — including armed officers — on the streets.”
It remains unclear as to whether Kahn, who previously suggested the city should block Trump’s visit back in February, will allow the president to visit as planned.
White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied during a press conference on Monday that Trump was picking a fight with the mayor and said the idea that the president was targeting Khan because he was Muslim was “utterly ridiculous”.
Asked if the president took Kahn’s “nothing to worry about” statement out of context Huckabee Sanders replied, “I don’t think that’s actually true. I think the media wants to spin it that way. The point is there is a reason to be alarmed. We have constant attacks going on not just there but across the globe.”