London Mayor Sadiq Khan once again called upon Prime Minister Theresa May Thursday to cancel “her ill-judged offer of a state visit” to President Donald Trump after the president retweeted videos from a far-right British group depicting Muslims engaging in violence.
Khan, who is a Muslim, took issue with Trump’s retweets of the videos from Jayda Fransen, British First Party’s deputy leader. May rebuked Trump for the retweets and issued a statement Wednesday, saying: “It is wrong for the president to have done this.”
But Khan argued that May didn’t go far enough in her condemnation of Trump. In a statement issued Thursday, the London mayor said that Trump’s use of Twitter “to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country” should disqualify him from visiting the United Kingdom as other presidents traditionally have done.
“It beggars belief that the president of our closest ally doesn’t see that his support of this extremist group actively undermines the values of tolerance and diversity that makes Britain so great,” Khan said. “As the mayor of this great diverse city, I have previously called on Theresa May to cancel her ill-judged offer of a state visit to President Trump.”
Khan indeed asked May to cancel a previous state visit invitation to Trump back in June after Trump rebuked Khan’s politically correct response to the June 2017 terror attacks in Borough Market and at the London Bridge. Trump had tweeted, “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!'”
The president added later, “Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!”
In response to Trump’s jabs in June, Khan had told Britain’s Channel 4 News: “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.”
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At the time, May rebuffed Khan’s plea to disinvite Trump from the United Kingdom. But the London mayor renewed his calls for spurning Trump Thursday, saying that “after this latest incident, it is increasingly clear that any official visit at all from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed.”
“The Prime Minister of our country should be using any influence she and her government claim to have with the President and his administration to ask him to delete these tweets and to apologise to the British people,” Khan concluded.
Once again, May repudiated Khan’s request, saying Thursday, “An invite for a state visit has been extended and has been accepted. No date has been set.”
Prior to May’s remarks, Trump addressed the prime minister on Twitter Wednesday night.
“[email protected]_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!” Trump tweeted.
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