London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, has asked the British government to cancel a planned state visit by President Trump. The U.S. president criticized the London mayor in two tweets regarding his leadership in the midst of recent terror attacks.
Trump criticized Khan for this comment soon after the terror attacks, “Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There’s no reason to be alarmed.” Trump tweeted, “At least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!” At first, a spokesperson for the London Mayor responded by saying that Kahn had “more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks”. Hours later, Trump hit again: “Pathetic excuse by London mayor Sadiq Khan, who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. [Mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!”
There has been some controversy about what the London Mayor did say and what the context was. You can watch him make those comments in complete context here.
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Later, Kahn appeared on Channel 4 News and said that Trump was wrong about “many things,” and followed with this statement about his planned visit: “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.” You can watch his comments below.
When White House spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was asked about Trump’s interaction with Mayor Kahn. She denied that the president was picking a fight with him. Sanders also said that the thought that Trump was criticizing Khan because he was Muslim was “utterly ridiculous.” When she was asked why the president had misquoted Khan, she said, “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.”
Trump may have sealed his fate with the British people in this recent Twitter tirade. His initial decision to respond to the terror attacks by promoting his immigration polices, followed by his public criticism of London’s mayor, have caused nearly 2 million people to sign an online petition calling for his state visit to the UK to be canceled. Kahn has said that he should not be allowed to come to London until he revoked his proposed ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. Trump seems to be increasing his fight for the ban to be approved by U.S. courts.
What do you think about how British leaders and the people are reacting to Trump’s criticism of Kahn?
Credit: The Guardian