SADIQ Khan has blasted Donald Trump’s language to that of a “20th century fascist” in an outrageous outburst on the eve of the US President’s state visit to the UK.
The Mayor of London labelled the decision to roll out the red carpet for Trump as “un-British” – and criticised the American leader for backing Boris Johnson as the next PM.
The piece in The Observer is just the latest blow in a war of words between Khan and Trump that has included a baby blimp and Twitter wars.
In the searing piece, Khan wrote: “Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat.
“The far right is on the rise around the world, threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms and the values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies for more than seventy years.”
The outspoken piece also slams Trump for weighing in on the Conservative leadership race after Theresa May announced she would be stepping down.
Trump yesterday revealed he believed Boris Johnson would do a “very good job” as Tory leader, telling The Sun: “think he is a very good guy, a very talented person.”
But Khan hit out, writing: “(He) is now trying to interfere shamelessly in the Conservative party leadership race by backing Boris Johnson because he believes it would enable him to gain an ally in Number 10 for his divisive agenda.”
Trump is tomorrow expected to touch down in the UK, treated to a meeting with the Queen.
Just 24 hours before the visit, Khan urged politicians not to “hold our noses and stomach the spectacle”, adding: “at what point should we stop appeasing – and implicitly condoning – his far-right policies?”
Khan added: “Rather than bestowing Trump with a grand platform of acceptability to the world, we should be speaking out and saying that this behaviour is unacceptable – and that it poses a grave threat to the values and principles we have fought hard to defend – often together – for decades.”
WAR OF WORDS
The feud between the pair first started in 2016 when Sadiq Khan slammed Trump’s views on Islam as “ignorant”.
Trump responded by challenging Khan to an IQ test.
The US leader also weighed in on the aftermath of the horrific London Bridge terror attacks, branding Khan’s response “pathetic”.
Just last year, Khan approved a request to float a 20ft-high blimp above Parliament Square Gardens last year.
And Khan took a swipe at the US President last year, warning Trump he would face protests for his first UK visit in July 2018.
The infamous baby blimp is set to make a comeback for Trump’s arrival in London tomorrow.
Demonstrators vowed lay siege to Downing Street, with protests still expected to take place despite police imposing a ban on marching down Whitehall.
MADE HER MARK Donald Trump shocked Meghan Markle was ‘nasty’ about him but says it’s great to have an American princess
PRESIDENT Trump has revealed his shock at Meghan Markle’s “nasty” comments about him — but believes she will make a great American princess.
Speaking to The Sun in the Oval Office, Mr Trump told of his great honour at meeting the 93-year-old monarch again, and how he’s ready to lock horns with the Prince of Wales on climate change.
Relations with Meghan are believed to be much frostier — yet Trump was generous in his praise for the new mum.
Officially she will miss next week’s functions while on maternity with three-week-old son Archie.
But it is thought she and Trump are being kept apart to avoid an embarrassing confrontation.
LA—born Meghan, 37, accused him of being “misogynistic” and “divisive” during his 2016 presidential campaign.
The ex-Suits actress also pledged to vote for his rival Hillary Clinton.
Told of Meghan’s barbs by The Sun, Mr Trump insisted it was the first time he’d heard them.
He said: “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.”
Told Meghan had threatened to leave for Canada if he won in 2016, he countered: “A lot of people are moving here (to the US).”
He also revealed that he had no idea that he wouldn’t be meeting Meghan on his three-day state visit.
He said: “I didn’t know that. I hope she is OK.”
Although security will be extremely tight for the three-day event, more than 150 people have pledged to attend a “Milkshakes Against Trump” gathering in Trafalgar Square.
The controversial event is being organised by a group called Milkshakes Against Racism.
Anti-racism protesters also plan to build a wall of cardboard to symbolically knock down, which they say represents the president’s Mexico wall and other policies, reported The Independent.
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During the State visit, Trump will visit Westminster Abbey and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
On the second day, he is set to hold talks with Theresa May at Downing Street.
The pair will attend a business breakfast with senior UK and US business leaders, before they hold their last joint press conference together.
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