Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, is calling on President Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom to be called off.
In an interview with the UK’s Channel 4 News, Khan also took a jab at Trump himself, suggesting that his policies as president have ruffled more than a few feathers across the pond.
“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,” Khan said.
“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. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong,” he continued.
Tensions between the U.S. and the UK have grown more noticeable since the conclusion of the NATO summit and the G7 meeting in late May, when Trump refused to commit to fulfilling Article 5 of the NATO treaty (on collective defense), and grew more complicated when Trump pulled the U.S. out of the historic 2015 Paris climate change accords. However, Trump’s response to the recent terrorist attack in London appears to have been the last straw, with Trump tweeting attacks at Mayor Khan and calling for his Muslim travel ban to be reinstated in the wake of the attacks, which killed seven and wounded dozens more.
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017
The idea of an official state visit was initially floated not long after Trump’s inauguration, as the UK is seen as the US’s closest ally in Europe, and perhaps the rest of the world. However, even before the London attacks, a leading member of British Parliament blasted Trump during a speech, insisting that Parliament had the authority to refuse his address to the body if he were to make an official state visit to Westminster Hall.
Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.