London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Cancel Trump State Visit Over Attack Tweets

Donald Trump's planned state visit to Britain should be canceled, London's mayor said Tuesday after the president repeatedly criticized him following the latest terrorist attack.

At the time of this coming to press, Donald Trump had taken to social media to use the tragedy as a means of asserting his own personal policies- in which he seemingly criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his anti-gun policy.

President Trump has used the most recent attack to again bring attention to his executive order that bans travel into the US from six Muslim-majority countries, an action that is caught up in court.

When Mr Khan issued a statement saying he was too busy dealing with the aftermath of a terror attack to respond to the President's comments, Mr Trump doubled down with a second insult.

Theresa May, who extended Trump's invitation earlier this year, has defended Khan, telling reporters at an election campaign event on Monday morning that the mayor is doing an "excellent" job.

Mr Khan's spokesperson had described the first round of presidential tweets as ill-informed - and said they had deliberately taken the mayor's remarks out of context.

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Khan tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Trump's views of Islam "are ignorant". "We are not going to let Donald Trump divide our communities". The president criticized Khan just over nine hours after three assailants ran into pedestrians on London Bridge, crashed their white van on the far side, and jumped out to go after passersby with knives.

Trump's escalation, as the U.K.'s capital city returns to normal after the London Bridge attack, puts May in a hard position in the closing stages of a tightening election race.

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Mr Johnson did say he thought Mr Khan was "entirely right" to make a statement after the attacks in which he sought to calm and support Londoners.

Meanwhile, the White House on Monday denied suggestions from U.S. reporters that Trump "picked a fight" with Khan "because he was Muslim".

"There's no reason to be alarmed", he says.

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"No, that's not what I said", Donald Trump Jr. responded.

Khan knows that Trump's tweets have partially served to reinforce the preexisting conflict between the two men. You stand shoulder to shoulder with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong and you tell them when they are wrong.

The row between Mr Trump and Mr Khan saw the US President dismiss criticism of his original post on the subject by redoubling his attack, accusing Mr Khan of making a "pathetic excuse".

'As the mayor of London, I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit these ugly crimes'.

Khan accused Trump of seeking to divide communities in Britain after the U.S. president criticised his leadership following a terror attack in the city. When asked about Islamist extremists, he said: "What better antidote to the hatred they spew than someone like me being in this position?"

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