Trump Exchanges Insults With London’s Mayor on Arrival in England

By Susan Jones | June 3, 2019 | 5:45am EDT
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive in England early Monday morning. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - President Donald Trump insulted the mayor of London as he arrived in England Monday morning for a three-day state visit.

In two tweets, written as Air Force One touched down, Trump wrote:

"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 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!"

Khan began the war of words with an op-ed in the Observer, calling Donald Trump "one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat."

Khan blamed Trump for stoking the rise of the "far right" around the world.

According to Khan:

Trump is seen as a figurehead of this global far-right movement. Through his words and actions, he has given comfort to far-right political leaders, and it’s no coincidence that his former campaign manager, Steve Bannon, has been touring the world, spreading hateful views and bolstering the far right wherever he goes.

That’s why it’s so un-British to be rolling out the red carpet this week for a formal state visit for a president whose divisive behaviour flies in the face of the ideals America was founded upon – equality, liberty and religious freedom.

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.

I am proud of our historic special relationship, which I’m certain will survive long after President Trump leaves office. The US is a country I love and have visited on many occasions. I still greatly admire the culture, the people and the principles articulated by the founding fathers. But America is like a best friend, and with a best friend you have a responsibility to be direct and honest when you believe they are making a mistake.

In another diplomatic kerfuffle, Trump on Sunday denied calling Meghan Markle, now a member of the royal family, "nasty."

"I never called Meghan Markle 'nasty,' Trump tweeted. "Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold! Will @CNN, @nytimes and others apologize? Doubt it!"

In an audio recording of his comment to The Sun newspaper, Trump did use the word nasty, but he also was complimentary about Meghan.

The reporter asked Trump if he'll be sorry not to see Markle, who is now on maternity leave. The reporter told Trump "she wasn't so nice about you during the campaign."

"I didn't know that, no" Trump responded. "No, I hope she's OK. I did not know that."

"She said she'd move to Canada if you got elected. Turned out she moved to Britain," the reporter said.

"Well, that would be good," Trump responded. "A lot of people moving here, so what can I say? No, I didn't know that she was nasty."

The reporter asked Trump about having an American become a member of the British royal family:

"I think it's nice. I'm sure she'll do excellently," Trump said. "She'll be --- she'll be very good. She'll be very good. I hope she does."

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