President Trump called London Mayor Sadiq Kahn a “stone cold loser,” after the mayor recently penned an op-ed slamming the president as a “global threat.”
“@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me….”
His tweet continued, “Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!”
….Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019
Kahn’s op-ed–titled “It’s un-British to roll out the red carpet for Donald Trump”–claims the president is “one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat” whose “divisive behaviour flies in the face of the ideals America was founded upon – equality, liberty and religious freedom.”
His piece continues:
There are some who argue that we should hold our noses and stomach the spectacle of honouring Trump in this fashion – including many Conservative politicians. They say we need to be realists and stroke his ego to maintain our economic and military relationship with the US. But at what point should we stop appeasing – and implicitly condoning – his far-right policies and views? Where do we draw the line?
Rather than bestowing Trump with a grand platform of acceptability to the world, we should be speaking out and saying that this behaviour is unacceptable – and that it poses a grave threat to the values and principles we have fought hard to defend – often together – for decades.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived at Buckingham Palace earlier today as part of a two-day state visit to Britain. They were greeted by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and received a royal gun salute prior to greeting the queen.