After terrorist attacks, London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for Trump state visit to be cancelled
Sadiq Khan calls for Donald Trump state visit to be cancelled https://t.co/wTFozU3ZRE
— The Independent (@Independent) 6 juni 2017
In a world where words seem to have priority over actions, keeping US President Donald Trump away from London is (again) high on the agenda. This time the London Mayor Sadiq Kahn expressed his views on a Trump visit. In an interview, Khan’s response to a tweet from Trump was:
“My position remains the same, I don’t think we should be rolling out the red carpet for the President of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for (…) there are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong (…) I simply have no time to respond from Tweets from Donald Trump.”
Trump (in)famously criticised Khan after the (third) attack on London, especially the part of Kahn’s initial response, where he said 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) 4 juni 2017
And now London is back into the debate whether Trump should be allowed a state visit or not. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has backed Trump‘s state visit to the UK, despite the US President’s attack on Khan, stating that:
“The invitation has been issued and accepted and I see no reason to change that.”
Johnson did say he thought Mr Khan was “entirely right” to make a statement after the attacks in which he sought to calm and support Londoners.
Prime Minister Theresa May also refused to criticise the President’s words yesterday. At an election campaign press conference, the Prime Minister had to be asked three times before saying it would be “wrong” to have attacked Mr Khan in the wake of the attacks but still stopped short of criticising the Presidents’ comments directly.
May kept this line straight all year. In February, over 1.6 million people signed an online petition, which sought to prevent Trump from making an official state visit to the UK. Although 100,000 signatures were needed for the petition to be considered for a debate in Parliament, Downing Street then already confirmed May would not be withdrawing her invitation to the US president because it remained “substantially in the national interest”.