London Mayor Sadiq Khan accused Donald Trump on Monday of seeking to divide communities in Britain after the USA president criticised his leadership following a terror attack in the city. But the president had misconstrued Khan's original statement which was to tell citizens not to be alarmed by an extra police presence across the next few days.
Trump and Khan have spent the previous year sniping at one another, largely over Trump's proposed travel ban that would temporarily bar some Muslims from entering the United States. His comments caused outrage among British officials. "And there are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong".
"I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the United States of America in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", said Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim Mayor of London.
Trump's latest missive at Khan was part of several Monday morning tweeted statements from the president.
"I think on many, many things, Donald Trump is wrong".
Tim Farron, leader of the opposition Liberal Democrats, called on May on Monday to cancel the state visit, saying Trump was insulting Britain's values "at a time of introspection and mourning".
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About four hours earlier, an 18-year-old man was shot to death in the Longwood Manor neighborhood on the South Side. The most recent fatal shooting happened at around 2:50 a.m.in the 5700 block of South Prairie, in Washington Park.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Tuesday that he saw "no reason to rescind" the invitation to Trump for a state visit.
Ten of the people arrested on Sunday as part of investigations into the London Bridge attack have been released without charge, British police said on Monday, meaning that all 12 arrested in the aftermath of the incident have now been let go. The point is there is a reason to be alarmed.
After the mayor's office contextualized Khan's remarks, Trump went on the offensive again, tweeting on Monday that the explanation was a "pathetic excuse". Asked why the president had misquoted the mayor, she said, "I don't think that's actually true". His leadership in the wake of such tragedy has been commended by top U.S. Diplomat in the U.K. Lewis Lukens and May herself defended Khan when pressed by reporters about Trump's comments.
Suhaib Webb - an imam who leads Center DC, which has a large online youth following - said he is angry that the president and those close to him are "quick to pull the trigger on anything that has to do with Islam or involves a person of color".
Current London Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned the Metropolitan Police could be forced to lose up to 13,000 constables under Tory spending plans.
Fresh off meeting with Trump in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered a dark assessment of Germany's relationship with a Trump-run United States.
"Notice we're not having a gun debate right now, because they didn't kill with guns".