London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on the United Kingdom government on Monday to cancel a state visit by US President Donald Trump following a public row, mainly on Twitter, over the weekend terror attack in the British capital.
"When you have a close relationship it's no different from when you have a close mate". They're not even sparing him at a fragile time of a terror attack, when the last thing Londoners want is to doubt their own mayor. The mayor backed the call Monday, saying Trump is wrong about "many things". In case you forgot, Donnie criticized Sadiq for telling Londoners there was "no cause for alarm" as an increased police presence hit the streets.
Mr Khan had said people should not be alarmed by an increased police presence on the streets.
Khan's lengthy statement on Sunday morning, heard in full by Reuters, strongly condemned the attack and gave a number of details about what had happened and what measures were being taken in response.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the idea was "utterly ridiculous" and denied Trump had taken Khan's words out of context. "It's really important that we work closely with our closest allies, and whenever we've had problems in the past, the USA has come to our help ... one of the things about having close mates and having a special relationship is to not just stand with them in adversity but call them out when they are wrong". Kahn, the first Muslim mayor of London, called Trump "ignorant" on the campaign trail for suggesting a travel ban.
But while she backed Khan as "doing a very good job" for London, May refused to explicitly criticise the president.
Trump then posted a crass, and confusing, tweet about gun control in the US.
'The invitation [for a state visit] has been issued and accepted, and I see no reason to change that. "I think the media wants to spin it that way".
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn also spoke out in support of Khan. "I'm not tangoing with this guy, I've got better things to do".
Meanwhile, U.K. politicians are pushing to cancel Trump's state visit to London scheduled this year.