Trump: “London needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster.”
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has sided with U.S. President Donald Trump in his ongoing Twitter spat with London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Hunt said he “150 per cent” agreed with the U.S. President’s comments on Khan. Present Trump had shared a tweet by the conservative British columnist Katie Hopkins highlighting rampant knife crime in London. “London needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster — will only get worse!” he commented on the tweet.
“But the sentiment is enormous disappointment that we have a Mayor of London who has completely failed to tackle knife crime and has spent more time on politics than the actual business of making Londoners safer,” Hunt said. “In that I 150 per cent agree with the President.”
The war of words began last month, when Mayor Khan attacked the U.S. President, likening him to a ’20th-century fascist’ ahead of his first state visit to the UK. Trump fired back questioning Khan’s track record on crime and calling him a ‘stone cold loser.’
Left-wing newspapers The Guardian reported Foreign Secretary Hunt’s comments:
Jeremy Hunt has vigorously defended Donald Trump for quoting the far-right commentator Katie Hopkins in an attack on the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, as Downing Street initially declined to condemn the US president’s words.
The foreign secretary said he would not have used the same words as Trump but he would “150% agree” with the overall sentiment.
The Hopkins post referred to the capital as “Khan’s Londonistan” and “stab-city”, after the deaths of three men in separate attacks on Friday and Saturday.
Trump then sent a tweet of his own a few hours later saying Khan was “a national disgrace who is destroying the City of London”.
LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse! https://t.co/n7qKI3BbD2
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2019
Khan, who lobbied the government to open the UK to refugees in wake of the 2015 migrant crisis, has presided over a worsening law and order situation in London ever since. “Knife crime has increased by 52 per cent, burglary by 17 per cent and robbery by 59 per cent. Last year there were 135 homicides – a 24 per cent increase since 2016 and the highest number for more than a decade,” The Sun reported last month.
The irresponsible immigration policies advocated by Khan and his allies in the Labour Party are largely responsible for spike in number of Islamists in the country. The UK is home to some 35,000 Muslim ‘fanatics’, the official estimates claim. The ‘homegrown’ jihadists are today the ‘biggest threat’ to the country,’ the head of the UK intelligence service MI5 confirmed recently. The country has the third-largest Muslim population in Europe, after France and Germany.
Foreign Secretary Hunt’s comments come as he is in the midst of a fierce contest for the leadership of the Conservative Party and the British premiership. The move could be seen as an attempt to shore up support among the traditional right-leaning base of the party. Last month, Trump hinted his support for the former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. In a newspaper interview, Trump called the pro-Brexit contender Johnson an “excellent” choice to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May. Unlike May, both Johnson and Hunt have openly backed a no-deal Brexit if Brussels fails to give the UK a better deal.
Trump on London mayor Khan: “He has been a not very good mayor, he has done a poor job”
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