Donald Trump’s last statement before leaving Washington for London was a slap at the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, who called him ‘a 20th century fascist’ just days ago. ‘I don’t think much of him. He’s the twin of de Blasio except shorter,’ he told DailyMail.com on the South Lawn of the White House, in response
Donald Trump’s last statement before leaving Washington for London was a slap at the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, who called him ‘a 20th century fascist’ just days ago.
‘I don’t think much of him. He’s the twin of de Blasio except shorter,’ he told DailyMail.com on the South Lawn of the White House, in response to a question about whether he would be willing to meet with Khan during his UK State Visit.
Like Khan, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has a hate-hate relationship with the president.
De Blasio, a towering hulk of a newly minted presidential candidate, stands at 6’5″. Khan is reportedly 5’6″ tall.
Trump strode to Marine One for his departure Sunday night, ignoring a follow-up question about whether he would be willing to meet with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Khan reacted Saturday in the Observer to Trump’s apparent eagerness to weigh in on the future of Brexit and what will soon be a fierce contest to succeed Theresa May as Conservative Party leader and prime minister.
Trump and first lady Melania waved as they boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Sunday night; the president is going to London, France and Ireland
The president and first lady made their way to Air Force One after landing in Marine One (pictured); Trump couldn’t resist taking a shot at Mayor of London Sadiq Khan before boarding the military helicopter, however
Trump told DailyMail.com as he left the White House that he doesn’t like Mayor Khan: ‘He’s the twin of [Bill] de Blasio except shorter’
The president bristled when DailyMail.com asked him if it was appropriate to offer opinions about the UK’s leadership and its relationshpi with Europe.
‘Well, people ask me questions. Like you, you’re asking me a question,’ he barked. ‘Don’t ask me the question if you don’t want me to talk about it.’
No comment: Trump walked away without answering a question about whether he would be willing to meet with Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn
Khan more generally condemned the UK’s decision to roll out the red carpet for its closest ally.
‘President Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat,’ he wrote.
‘The far right is on the rise around the world, threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms and the values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies for more than 70 years.
‘This is a man who also tried to exploit Londoners’ fears following a horrific terrorist attack on our city, amplified the tweets of a British far-right racist group, denounced as fake news the robust scientific evidence warning of the dangers of climate change;
‘And is now trying to interfere shamelessly in the Conservative party leadership race by backing Boris Johnson because he believes it would enable him to gain an ally in Number 10 for his divisive agenda.’
Khan roasted Trump in a newspaper op-ed ahead of his three-day State Visit to the UK, which starts Monday
The feud between Khan and Trump began in 2016 when the president, then a candidate, challenged him to an IQ test after the mayor said his views on Islam were ‘ignorant.’
Trump had at the time called for a ‘complete and total ban’ on Muslims entering the U.S. as a short-term strategy to lower the threat of terrorist attacks.
Speaking to the BBC shortly afterwards, the mayor said: ‘Look, it was Donald Trump that began this by saying his blanket ban on Muslims would make an exception for me as Mayor of London.’
‘And the point I made with respect to Donald Trump is there’s nothing exceptional about me. What about other Londoners who are business people, men and women, who happen to be muslim and want to do business in America? What about other Londoners who want to go and study in America but happen to be muslim?’
They clashed again in June 2017 when the US President called Khan’s response to the London Bridge terror attack ‘pathetic’.
Khan had previously warned Londoners that there would be an increased police presence on the streets and that there was ‘no reason to be alarmed’.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters are expected in central London when Trump comes to meet Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street.
The ‘Trump baby’ blimp and a giant robot Trump sitting on a gold toilet are also likely to make an appearance.
What Twitter spats has Donald Trump had with the UK and why have they caused such offence?
While a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said there were ‘no go zones’ in London because of terrorism.
He said claimed parts of the city were ‘so radicalised’ the police force were ‘afraid for their own lives’.
The US President took to Twitter to hit out at Sadiq Khan’s ‘pathetic’ response to the London Bridge terror attack.
He sparked outrage in the UK when he tweeted: ‘At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack,’ the president wrote on his personal Twitter account, ‘and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’
Critics pointed out that the London Mayor was saying residents should not be alarmed at the increased police presence.
Mr Trump wrongly linked the rise in crime in England and Wales to ‘Radical Islamic terror’.
The US president sent a tweet referring to figures out yesterday showing crime increased by 13 per cent last year and warning ‘We must keep American safe’.
But British MPs tore into Mr Trump for talking ‘nonsense’ and said he is ‘spreading fear and xenophobia’ by wrongly blaming the rise on terrorism.
UK-US relations took a battering when Donald Trump retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda put out by far right group Britain First.
Theresa May criticised the President saying he was ‘wrong’ to share the video.
Mr Trump hit back on Twitter: ‘Theresa, 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!’
Donald Trump tore into Britain’s NHS – branding the UK’s system of universal healthcare ‘broke and not working’.
He claimed that a major protest about the winter crisis in Britain’s hospitals in London at the weekend was a sign it is not a system the US should copy.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt hit back saying he is ‘proud’ of the NHS and no Brit wants to live in a US system where millions have no health cover at all.