Trump blasts ‘stone cold loser’ Sadiq Khan in scathing tweet AS HE LANDS in UK after London Mayor called him a ‘fascist’
- US President mocks London Mayor as he arrives in UK for three-day state visit
- Mr Trump says Mr Khan has done a ‘terrible job’ as their war of words escalates
- Mayor compared Mr Trump’s language to that of ‘fascists of the 20th century’
In return the mayor’s office immediately fired back, saying Mr Trump was offering ‘childish insults which should be beneath the President of the United States’.
Mr Trump said Mr Khan had done a ‘terrible job’, hitting back after the mayor compared the language used by him to that of ‘fascists of the 20th century’.
A war of words has erupted over the past 24 hours after Mr Khan described Mr Trump as ‘just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat’.
The US President and Mr Khan have repeatedly clashed in recent years, including Mr Trump criticising the mayor’s response to the 2017 London Bridge terror attack.
US President Donald Trump (left, arriving at London Stansted Airport with First Lady Melania Trump today) has hit back at comments by London Mayor Sadiq Khan (right)
Mr Trump compared Mr Khan to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Mr De Blasio (left) stands at 6ft 5in, while Mr Khan (right, pictured in Manhattan in September 2016) is thought to be 5ft 6in
As he came in to land at London Stansted Airport this morning, Mr Trump posted these tweets
As he came in to land at London Stansted Airport this morning, Mr Trump tweeted: ‘Sadiq Khan, 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… Kahn [sic] 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!’
In response, a spokesman for Mr Khan said: ‘This is much more serious than childish insults which should be beneath the President of the United States.
‘Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of a growing far-right threat around the globe, which is putting at risk the basic values that have defined our liberal democracies for more than 70 years.’
Later, Mr Khan escalated the row by releasing a video message – recorded for Elle magazine ahead of Mr Trump’s visit – saying the President stood for ‘the complete opposite of London’s values’ in his views on diversity and women’s abortion rights.
Holding up a sign reading ‘Only weak men fear strong women’, he says: ‘We think diversity is not a weakness, diversity is a strength, we respect women and we think they are equal to men.
Later, Mr Khan escalated the row by releasing a video message saying the President stood for ‘the complete opposite of London’s values’
‘We think it’s important to safeguard the rights of all of us, particularly the vulnerable and the marginalised.
‘What we are seeing in the USA is a rolling back of the reproductive rights of women.’
Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg told talkRADIO today: ‘I think it’s perfectly reasonable of the President of the United States…
‘I think that Mr Khan demeans the office and demeans the nation… I am backing Mr Trump in this row. The realpolitik… that’s how the world works.
‘Mr Trump is a close ally and essential through his nation to our security. We should be rolling out the red carpet of the deepest red and finest hue.’
A 20ft-tall blimp depicting a cartoon baby Donald Trump flew in London during the president’s last visit in July 2018 (above) and is expected to make another appearance this week
How Sadiq Khan kicked off the name-calling
Sadiq Khan wrote in The Observer at the weekend: ‘President Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat.
‘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.
‘Viktor Orban in Hungary, Matteo Salvini in Italy, Marine Le Pen in France and Nigel Farage are using the same divisive tropes of the fascists of the 20th century to garner support, but with new sinister methods to deliver their message.’
The President and First Lady make their way to Air Force One after landing in Marine One yesterday (pictured) at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to leave for Britain
Last night, Mr Trump was asked as he left Washington DC if he would be willing to meet Mr Khan, but compared to him New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Trump compares Mayor Khan to ‘the man who ruined New York’, Bill de Blasio
President Donald Trump has compared London Mayor Sadiq Khan to his giant New York counterpart Bill de Blasio as he touched down in Britain today.
Mr de Blasio is well known in America for his extreme left-wing views and has come under fire since being elected Mayor of the Big Apple in 2014.
He is loathed by the NY police department for his policies on crime.
Residents of New York also blame the mayor for a deteriorating standard of life in the city with increasing levels of petty crime, homelessness and dirty subways.
Like Khan, Mr de Blasio also has a hate-hate relationship with the president.
De Blasio, is also running for the Democratic nomination for president. He stands at 6’5′. Khan is 5’6′ tall (pictured together above).
Trump may have to beat de Blasio to win a second term as president and last month he called the NYC statesman as the ‘worst mayor’ in history in a video message recorded on Air Force One as he flew to New York for a high-priced Republican fundraiser.
He said: ‘I can’t believe it. I just heard that the worst mayor in the history of New York City and, without question, the worst mayor in the history of the United States is now running for president. It will never happen. I’m pretty good at predicting things like that. I would be very surprised to see him in there for a long period,’ Trump said in the video, recorded at his desk aboard the presidential airplane.
‘If you like high taxes and if you like crime you can vote for him. But most people aren’t into that. So I wish him luck but, really, it would be better off if you get back to New York City and did your job in the little time you have left.’
He told DailyMail.com on the South Lawn of the White House: ‘No, I don’t think much of him. I think that he’s a – he’s the twin of De Blasio, except shorter.’
Mr De Blasio stands at 6ft 5in, while Mr Khan is thought to be 5ft 6in.
Mr Khan’s administration has sanctioned the use of a 20ft blimp depicting Mr Trump as a nappy-wearing baby again during this week’s demonstrations.
Writing in the Observer yesterday, Mr Khan said: ‘President Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat.
‘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.
‘Viktor Orban in Hungary, Matteo Salvini in Italy, Marine Le Pen in France and Nigel Farage here in the UK are using the same divisive tropes of the fascists of the 20th century to garner support, but with new, sinister methods to deliver their message.
‘And they are gaining ground and winning power and influence in places that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.’
Meanwhile Mr Trump has praised Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, talked up the prospect of a Brexit trade deal and denied making ‘bad’ comments about the Duchess of Sussex.
The US president said he expected his three-day state visit to be ‘very important’ and ‘very interesting’ as he left the White House yesterday evening.
Speaking to reporters over the din of his waiting Marine One helicopter, Mr Trump was asked if he planned to meet Mr Johnson during the trip.
‘Well, I think I may meet with him. He’s been a friend of mine. He’s been very nice. I have a very good relationship with him,’ the president said of the Tory leadership hopeful.
He went on: ‘I have a very good relationship with Nigel Farage, with many people over there (in the UK) and we’ll see what happens. I may meet with him. They want to meet. We’ll see what happens.’
Mr Trump has already denied calling the Duchess of Sussex ‘nasty’ when he was recently confronted with comments she made before the 2016 US elections saying she would leave the country if he won.
How long has the feud between Trump and Khan been running?
A long-running personal feud between US President Donald Trump and London Mayor Sadiq Khan appears to be far from over.
The pair publicly clashed in the latest round of exchanges as the US head of state began a three-day state visit to the UK.
Yesterday, Mr Khan described the president as ‘just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat’. He also compared the language he has used to that of the ‘fascists of the 20th century’.
But as Mr Trump landed in the UK today, he launched a trademark Twitter broadside at Mr Khan. Misspelling the London mayor’s name, he said Mr Khan has ‘by all accounts done a terrible job’ and has been ‘foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting president of the United States’.
‘He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me,’ Mr Trump tweeted. ‘…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.’
Reacting to the comments, a spokesman for Mr Khan said that ‘childish insults’ should be ‘beneath the president of the United States’.
But what other incidents have there been?
– July 2018
Mr Trump laid into Mr Khan after a wave of terror attacks in the capital the previous year, accusing him of ‘doing a terrible job’ and a ‘bad job on crime’.
The verbal attack on Mr Khan came after the London mayor refused to block a plan to fly a giant inflatable ‘Trump baby’ near Parliament to coincide with the US president’s visit to the UK.
Flown in London during the president’s last visit, the 20ft high blimp depicted the US leader as an angry infant wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone.
At the time, Mr Khan said he would not rise to Mr Trump’s ‘beastly’ comments.
– June 2017
The pair clashed in the wake of the deadly London Bridge terror attack, after Mr Khan said Londoners should not be alarmed by visibly increased security on the streets of the capital.
In response, Mr Trump tweeted: ‘At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!”
Mr Khan said he would not allow Mr Trump or anyone else to ‘divide our community’.
– May 2016
Before Mr Trump was elected as US president, he and Mr Khan were involved in another public row.
The then presidential candidate had previously called for Muslims to be banned from the US, but after the election of Mr Khan as mayor, said he would make an exception for him.
In response, Mr Khan, who is a Muslim, said he is ‘not exceptional’, adding that the views of Mr Trump and his advisers on Islam are ‘ignorant’ and invited him to come and meet moderate Muslims.
He added: ‘The vast, vast, vast majority of Muslims are law-abiding and peaceful (and) unequivocally condemn these acts of terror committed by a small number of people using the name of Islam to justify their nihilistic actions.’
Hitting back during an interview, Mr Trump branded the statements from the Labour politician as ‘very rude’ and ‘very nasty’, and challenged him to an IQ test.