London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Cancel Trump State Visit Over Attack Tweets

Angie Massey
June 9, 2017

Trump initially criticized Khan hours after the London attack posting on Twitter: "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'".

Trump took aim at Mayor Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, by twice taking to Twitter to slam Khan's statement after the attack that Londoners had "no reason to be alarmed".

On Sunday, Trump mocked Khan's statement asking Londoners not to be alarmed, suggesting in a tweet that the mayor was downplaying the attacks.

According to Reuters, President Donald Trump had accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday of making a "pathetic excuse" over one of his comments in the wake of the attack that killed seven people in London.

British author J.K. Rowling said on Tuesday that if a state visit did go ahead, Trump's tweets related to the attack should be enlarged and shown wherever he goes. You stand shoulder to shoulder with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong and you tell them when they are wrong.

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, made a similar call on Monday, saying Trump was insulting Britain's values "at a time of introspection and mourning".

"Theresa May must withdraw the state visit".

He suggested the incident is yet another reason that Trump should not be honored with a state visit to the United Kingdom.

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After copping criticism from both sides of the Atlantic for a political attack on a fellow leader in the aftermath of a terror attack, President Trump only doubled down.

"My message to Londoners and visitors to our great city is to be calm and vigilant today", Khan said.

US President Donald Trump at the White House yesterday. "He is wrong about his travel ban on Muslims, and he is wrong about many other things".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reiterated on Tuesday that the visit is happening, even though Trump is pressing a false attack on London's mayor in a time of tragedy.

The row between the Mayor and the President began when the President relied on a partial quote of Khan's to accuse him of appearing weak on terrorism.

Khan's spokesperson said Trump took the mayor's words out of context.

"That's not to say that Prime Minister May was wrong to go and see President Trump, it's not wrong".

Johnson said separately: "He is entirely right to say what he said to reassure people of his city about the presence of armed officers on the streets".

Other reports by GizPress

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