The liberal mayor of London, an outspoken opponent of President Trump, said the Commander-in-Chief would “not be welcomed” in the UK capital; repeating his call for Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel Trump’s visit to the staunch American ally.
Mayor Sadiq Khan made his incendiary comments in a written statement, responding to the London Assembly’s request on how the city’s government would prepare for an official state visit from the President.
“What will you do to make the President of the United States, our greatest friend and ally, feel welcome when he comes to visit London in February 2018?” asked an assembly member earlier this month.
“As Mayor, I will always speak up to protect the interests and security of Londoners. I have previously called on Theresa May to cancel her ill-judged offer of a state visit to President Trump,” responded Khan. “After the latest incident, where President Trump used twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country, it is clear that any official visit here would not be welcomed.”
“Many Brits who love both America and Americans, as I do, will see recent comments made by President Trump as hardly in tune with the special relationship between our two countries,” he added. “London is a beacon of tolerance, acceptance and diversity, and Mr Trump has demonstrated time and time again that his views are completely incompatible with the values Londoners hold dear.”
The feud between Khan and President Trump dates back to last summer, when the President harshly criticized the mayor’s “pathetic excuse” regarding a deadly terror attack in the UK capital.
“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!'” tweeted Trump.
h/t Breitbart News
ROYAL SNUB: Prince Harry May Invite OBAMAS, not Trump to UK Wedding
British royal Prince Harry and his American-born fiancé reportedly want former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama to attend his high-profile wedding next year, further straining relations between UK Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump.
According to Fox News, the soon-to-be married couple plan on extending the invitation to the Obamas well ahead of their spring wedding; causing a major headache for May who has so-far refused to offer President Trump a formal state visit and meeting with the Queen.
“There are deep fears among senior Foreign Office and [No. 10] officials that another perceived national snub will make it impossible for Theresa May to meaningfully engage with Trump,” reports the Sun. “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness.”
President Obama and Prince Harry developed a personal relationship while working on the Invictus Games, a multinational sporting event featuring injured veterans from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and other nations.
Harry’s future bride, Meghan Markle, was an outspoken critic of President Trump during the 2016 campaign, calling him a “misogynist” and “divisive.” Ultimately, the decision will be up to the UK government.
“Conversations are ongoing about and ministers will eventually have to decide. If the PM lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up,” adds the Sun.