London (January 13, 2018): London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Friday that the United States President Donald Trump had “got the message” from Londoners after canceling his visit to the city.
Trump claimed he had scrapped the visit because he didn’t want to open the new US embassy in the British capital, but Khan suggested the real reason was because he wouldn’t be welcome.“President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and action the polar opposite of our city’s values,” Khan said in a statement released on Twitter.
Khan said Trump’s visit would “without doubt have been met with mass peaceful protests” and that it was a mistake for Prime Minister Theresa May to invite him on a state visit.Large demonstrations are expected to accompany any visit to the British capital by Trump, who is deeply unpopular here. A petition to stop Trump from making an official state visit to Britain garnered over 1.8 million signatures last year, in a backlash over his controversial travel ban.
Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message. This reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place. pic.twitter.com/lNaQGx9iBw
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) January 12, 2018
After Trump declared his disapproval with London’s new US embassy as the reason for canceling his visit to the city, Madame Tussauds placed a waxwork of the President outside the building.
It’s not the first time the London mayor has publicly sparred with Trump. The pair have spent more than a year sniping at one another.Khan, London’s first elected Muslim mayor, has previously criticized the US President for his proposed travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries.
Trump has also hit out at Khan for his handling of terror attacks carried out in London, seizing on them in his call for the travel ban.
Khan has pushed back, saying he doesn’t need advice from the US President.
In November last year, Khan slammed Trump for retweeting anti-Muslim propaganda from a British far-right party, and suggested May shouldn’t welcome Trump into their country for a state visit.
He added that the videos make it “increasingly clear that any official visit at all from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed.”
Khan reiterated this sentiment on Friday, saying he hoped that Trump “revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda.”