U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Tuesday rejected calls to cancel President Trump’s state visit to the country following Trump’s criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Twitter.
“The invitation has been issued and accepted and I see no reason to rescind that,” Johnson said in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s “Today.”
Via Twitter, Trump condemned Khan’s response to Saturday’s London Bridge terrorist attack after the mayor tweeted that there was “no reason to be alarmed” by increased police presence in London.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
Khan’s tweet referred to the increased police presence in London following the terror attack, which killed seven and injured 48. In the wake of Trump’s tweets, Khan called on Trump’s invitation to visit the U.K. to be withdrawn.
“I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the U.S.A. in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,” Khan said on Britain’s Channel 4 News.
In recent days, some U.K. politicians have insisted that Prime Minister Theresa May cancel the planned October visit by Trump. May has declined to do so, claiming that there is no reason to rescind Trump’s invitation.
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