No reason to cancel Trump state visit

Cheryl Sanders
June 7, 2017

"Having said that", she added, "I think Donald Trump is wrong in what he said about Sadiq Khan, in relation to the attack on London Bridge".

"I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the United States of America in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", Khan said.

The Tweets from Donald Trump had implied that Khan had told Londoners not to be concerned over the attack, when in fact this was a misreading- the London Mayor had actually told the city that they shouldn't be concerned of the increased police presence following the awful event.

Khan did use those words in a television interview, but it was to reassure Londoners about a stepped up police presence they might see: "No reason to be alarmed".

Khan is among those who have asked the government to reconsider the invitation, describing the state visit as "inappropriate" given the president's months-long push for a travel ban for passengers from several Muslim majority nations. She also pushed back against criticism that the president had mischaracterized Khan's remarks, saying that "the media wants to spin it that way". Prime Minister Theresa May, asked by The Sun newspaper whether the controversial trip would go ahead, answered "Yes". "He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police - including armed officers - on the streets".

"We have constant attacks going on, not just there but across the globe, and we have to start putting national security and global security at an all time high", she told a White House briefing.

'We stand together tonight to honour the memories of the innocent lives lost and people injured in the barbaric attack on our city.

"It is time for steady, determined leadership like we are seeing from London's mayor and local authorities", Clinton said at a fundraising event on Monday, according to The Washington Examiner.

Trump and Khan have spent the a year ago sniping at one another, largely over Trump's proposed travel ban that would temporarily bar some Muslims from entering the United States.

After Trump's state visit was announced, an online petition to ban the US president from entering the United Kingdom was signed by 1,863,707 people.

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!'" Trump tweets. He used this as a wedge issue to push this insane travel ban".

US lawmakers from both political parties criticized Trump for raising the travel ban and for assailing Khan.

In March, after an attack by an Islamic militant that left five people dead in Westminster, central London, Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. issued a tweet that criticised Khan.

Lower courts have blocked the proposed ban, citing various reasons, including Trump's own public statements.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME, a Republican member of the Senate intelligence panel, said the ban was "too broad" but agreed with Trump that better immigration procedures are needed.

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