British government, London mayor clash over United Kingdom invite to Trump

British government, London mayor clash over United Kingdom invite to Trump

British government, London mayor clash over United Kingdom invite to Trump

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it will be harder to stop future terrorist attacks if Prime Minister Theresa May wins Thursday's general election and carries out planned changes to the Metropolitan Police's funding.

Trump on Monday doubled down on his criticism of Khan's response to the attack in London that killed seven people and wounded at least 48 others. He was referring to a World War Two-era slogan of resilience, to "keep calm and carry on", that Britons have echoed following the London attack.British author J.K. Rowling said on Tuesday that if a state visit did go ahead, Trump's tweets related to the attack should be enlarged and shown wherever he goes."I'd rather he didn't come, but if he does, I'd like his vile Tweets juxtaposed against whatever he's been coaxed to read off an autocue", Rowling, celebrated for her Harry Potter books and a frequent critic of Trump, wrote on Twitter.

"In the circumstances where Donald Trump as president had a Muslim ban, had changed the policies of the U.S., the longstanding policies around refugees, in the circumstances where many British people disagree with many of Donald Trump's policies, we shouldn't be having a state visit", he said.

Trump's comments caused outrage among British officials, many of whom call London home.

Theresa May, Britain's Conservative prime minister, said it was wrong to criticise Khan, who represents the opposition Labour party, praising him for his response to Saturday's attack and saying he is "doing a good job" as mayor.

"I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it's wrong to say anything else - he's doing a good job", she told a press conference on Monday.

Khan's spokesman said he was too busy to respond to Trump's "ill-informed" tweet and Khan later told the BBC that "some people thrive on feud and division".

It was met with a barrage of criticism in both Britain and the United States, with former Vice President Al Gore among many public figures who accused Trump of misrepresenting what Khan had said.

Three jihadis drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday night before running into the bustling Borough Market area where they slit people's throats and stabbed them indiscriminately.

"Every time he puts something out there, he gets criticized by the media, all day every day", Trump, Jr said. After his election previous year, Khan tweeted criticism of then-candidate Trump's rhetoric, saying that his "ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe".

"Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. And there are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong". Khan said that nobody will be allowed to divide "our communities".

In the article, Khan was reported as saying that being prepared for terror attacks was "part and parcel" of living in a major city. "I've got better and more important things to focus on".

The date of Trump's first visit to Britain as president has not yet been finalised.

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