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London Mayor Khan suggests calling off Trump state visit to Britain

17 June 2017

The Guardian notes that Khan himself said Trump shouldn't be allowed to come to London until he revoked his proposed travel ban on people from six predominantly Muslim countries.

Trump had been scheduled to visit England in June, but it was then postponed until October.

As Donald Trump escalated his Twitter campaign against London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday, Khan appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain this morning and was asked by co-host Piers Morgan about the Trump situation, implying the U.S. President and Mayor were "at war with each other". "MSM is working hard to sell it!"

Media coverage has made it clear alongside Khan's media team that Trump took the phrase: "no reason to be alarmed" out of context.

Mrs May had faced calls to distance herself Mr Trump for his incendiary remarks but for two days failed to directly address them.

It's unclear whether the dispute will have any broader implications for the visit agreed to during Prime Minister Theresa May's January visit to Washington.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan hit back at US President Donald Trump on Monday.

Mr Trump reignited his feud with Mr Khan on Monday, just hours after wrongly claiming the mayor had said there was "no reason to be alarmed" about the risk of terror attacks in London. We have a special relationship and we should work closely with the Americans.

He described Khan as "pathetic" for saying Londoners had "no reason to be alarmed" by the visible increase in armed police officers in response to the attack - apparently misinterpreting the mayor's words as a comment on Islamic extremism. His Twitter tirade against Khan did not evince a response from May, who confined herself to saying Khan was doing a good job as mayor.

But Johnson also said he there was "no reason" to cancel Trump's state visit.

When asked what Trump had "against him", Khan said he was dealing with more important issues than to worry about tweets.

While Donald Trump was fuming at the Oval Office against Sadiq Khan's statement on the London attack, acting USA ambassador to Britain, Lewis Lukens was saying the opposite.

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"I think that to suggest something like that is utterly ridiculous", Sarah Sanders, the deputy White House press secretary, told reporters.

The president has responded to criticisms that his tweets were disrespectful in the wake of a terrorist attack in another tweet, CNN reports.

It is not the first time a member of the Trump family has criticised the Mayor of London for his stance on security and terrorism.

He was referring to a bombing in NY and stressed the importance of cities being well-prepared for such attacks.

His comments were backed by his colleague Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader, as well as the Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron.

The war of words continued after the US embassy in London's de-facto ambassador Lewis Lukens tweeted his support of Khan's reaction to the attack.

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Khan received support across the pond too, with his NY counterpart Mayor Bill de Blasio saying: "Mayor Sadiq Khan is doing an extraordinary job ..."

London Mayor Khan suggests calling off Trump state visit to Britain