London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the British government to cancel a state visit from President Trump after he twisted the mayor’s words in two tweets following the London Bridge terrorist attack that killed 7 and injured 48.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, Khan said publicly that there was “no cause for alarm” when referring to an increased police presence in London.
Taking Khan’s comments completely out of context, Trump tweeted on Sunday morning: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!'”
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
When Khan’s office pointed out Trump’s error, the president responded by accusing London’s mayor of making a “pathetic excuse”.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
“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,” Khan said in a Monday interview with Britain’s 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.”
Prime Minister Theresa May came to Khan’s defense, saying: “I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it’s wrong to say anything else – he’s doing a good job,” May told reporters after a general election campaign speech.
After Trump’s first attack on Khan, the acting US ambassador to the UK, Lewis Lukens, praised the London Mayor’s leadership.
— U.S. Embassy London (@USAinUK) June 4, 2017
“I commend the strong leadership of the @MayorofLondon as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack,” read a tweet from the US’ London embassy attributed to Lukens.