Theresa May finally criticises Donald Trump’s comments about Sadiq Khan, two days later

Prime Minister describes President's outburst as 'wrong'

Tuesday 06 June 2017 16:49
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Theresa May finally criticises Trump's comments about Sadiq Khan

Theresa May has finally criticised Donald Trump over his comments about Sadiq Khan following the London Bridge attacks, two days after the President's outburst.

The Prime Minister had previously avoided condemning Mr Trump’s comments outright and instead opted for praising Mr Khan when she had been quizzed about the issue.

Ms May has finally responded to the tweets directly and described them as being “wrong”.

“I have been very clear that what Donald Trump has said about the Mayor of London is wrong," Ms May told Sky News.

"We have worked with Sadiq Khan in responding to this attack. He has been at the two Cobra meetings I have chaired,” she added.

Following the London Bridge attack, Mr Trump reignited his feud with Mr Khan and wrongly claimed the Mayor had said there was “no reason to be alarmed” about the risk of terror after the incident.

“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!” Mr Trump tweeted.

Mr Khan refused to get involved in the row and said he was "focused on dealing with Saturday's horrific and cowardly attack".

Following the comments there had been calls for Ms May to cancel Mr Trump’s state visit to the UK.

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, condemned Ms May’s “supine relationship” with the President.

"Sadiq Khan has shown dignity and leadership. Theresa May absolutely must withdraw the state visit. This is a man insulting our national values at a time of introspection and mourning,” he said.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has hinted he could delay Mr Trump’s contentious state visit to Britain later this year if he is elected Prime Minister this week.

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