Sadiq Khan last night urged ministers to axe Donald Trump’s state visit, after the President stepped up his attack on the mayor’s response to the London atrocity.
President Trump received a rare rebuke from Theresa May yesterday over his jibe at Mr Khan on Sunday, which mocked the mayor’s statement that there was ‘no need to be alarmed’ by an increased police presence.
Mrs May initially ducked questions on the issue at a press conference yesterday, before saying: ‘I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it’s wrong to say anything else.’
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson – Mr Khan’s predecessor as London Mayor – backed Mr Khan today but dismissed the row as ‘trivial’ compared to the attacks themselves.
Mr Johnson insisted there was ‘no reason’ for the state visit, expected in the autumn, to be cancelled.
Mr Khan said Mr Trump’s state visit should not go ahead. ‘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,’ he told Channel 4 News.
‘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.’
But the President brushed aside the slapdown last night, issuing a fresh Twitter attack on Mr Khan branding him ‘pathetic’.