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London Mayor: 'Don't Roll Out Red Carpet' For Trump

| by Michael Doherty

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has spoken out about U.S. President Donald Trump after the president criticized him after the June 3 London terror attacks.

Khan has said the U.K. should not "roll out the red carpet" for Trump, who is scheduled to make a state visit. Khan made reference to Trump's policies, saying, "There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong," reports Inquisitr.

The mayor's statement comes after Trump posted multiple tweets criticizing Khan. Trump misinterpreted Khan's statement telling Londoners they should not be alarmed to see increased police presence in the city after the events.

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" tweeted Trump after the attack, according to BBC.

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After the mayor's spokesman clarified his statement, Trump sent out another tweet calling Khan's response "pathetic."

"Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his 'no reason to be alarmed' statement. [Mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!" tweeted Trump.

When asked if Trump was welcome in London on BBC's "Breakfast News" show, Khan reiterated his disagreement with Trump's proposed travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.

"We will always stand shoulder to shoulder with our oldest and closest allies," said Khan. "Our special relationship with the U.S. means that we will stand up and speak out when something is wrong, and Donald Trump is wrong about many things. He is wrong about his travel ban on Muslims, and he is wrong about many other things."

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The mayor followed up his comments later, appearing on Channel 4 News.

"I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for," said Khan. "When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong."

The president has responded to criticisms that his tweets were disrespectful in the wake of a terrorist attack in another tweet, CNN reports.

"The FAKE [mainstream media] is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media," tweeted Trump. "They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out."

Trump's election opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, made a lightly veiled reference to the president's current controversy in a speech in Baltimore in which she praised Khan's leadership after the attack, reports The Washington Times.

"This is a time for us to reach out to the world, to understand more about what is happening -- not just in our own country, but indeed across the globe," said Clinton. "It's a time for steady, determined leadership, like we are seeing from local authorities in London, including the mayor of London."

"This is not a time to lash out, to incite fear or to use tragedy and terror for political gain," she added.

Sources: Inquisitr, BBC, CNN, The Washington Times / Photo credit: Garry Knight/Flickr

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