London Mayor Sadiq Khan ramped up his feud with President Trump today by taking a few cheap shots at Trump.
“First I thought it was a joke, the sort of thing an 11-year-old would do,” he said of Trump before adding, “We have to be very careful about giving the impression that we condone some of the things that Trump has been associated with.”
Enter President Trump who put Sadiq Khan on notice at a joint press conference with Theresa May. From Fox News:
President Trump on Tuesday, in a press conference with outgoing U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, ripped into his British left-wing critics, saying that the anti-Trump politicians are a “negative force” — and confirmed that he had snubbed the leader of the opposition Labour Party when he sought a sit-down.
“I don’t know Jeremy Corbyn, never met him, never spoke to him, he wanted to meet today or tomorrow and I decided I would not do that,” Trump told reporters at a press conference.
Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party and a veteran left-wing activist, was attending an anti-Trump protest as the press conference was ongoing.
Trump also took another shot at longtime foe and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who had also opposed Trump’s visit to Britain.
“I don’t think he should be criticizing a representative of the United States that can do so much good for the United Kingdom,” Trump said. “He’s a negative force, not a positive force.”
Of the mayor, Trump said: “He’s done a poor job.”
The press conference comes amid a three-day state visit for Trump, which has included a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and a state dinner at Buckingham Palace. He will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, before traveling to France to take part in celebrations there.
But while the visit has included a fair amount of pomp and circumstance, it has not stopped Trump from bringing his own brand of bare-knuckle politics to Blighty — with him calling Khan a “stone cold loser” on Monday.
“Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, [Bill] de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job — only half his height,” he said.
Trump has also brushed aside diplomatic norms in weighing in on the race to succeed May as prime minister. May will step down from Number 10 on Friday and a leadership contest will begin days later.