US President Donald Trump has reignited his political feud with Sadiq Khan, calling him a “stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London”.
Moments before Air Force One landed at Stansted, Donald Trump posted two tweets criticizing the Mayor of London.
It follows Mr. Khan’s attack on Mr. Trump ahead of his three-day state visit to the UK.
A spokesman for Mr. Khan said the “childish insults should be beneath the president of the United States”.
In the past, Mr. Trump has challenged Mr. Khan to an IQ test and has been critical of his response to the London Bridge attack in 2017.
As he came into land, Mr. Trump wrote: “Sadiq Khan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom.
“He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.
“Kahn [sic] reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height.
“In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now.”
….Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019
In response to Mr. Trump’s tweets, a spokesman for Mr. Khan said: “This is much more serious than childish insults which should be beneath the president of the United States
“Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of growing far right threat around the globe.”
Mr. Trump’s tweets follow a long-running feud between the two men.
In May 2016 Mr. Trump challenged the newly-elected London mayor to an IQ test after Mr. Khan said his views on Islam were “ignorant”.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 29, 2017
Following the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market in 2017, the US president accused Mr Khan of “pathetic” behavior.
Mr. Khan responded that he would not allow Mr. Trump to “divide our communities”.
In July last year, Mr. Trump said Mr. Khan had “done a very bad job on terrorism”.
The mayor said he would not rise to Donald Trump’s “beastly” accusation that he had done “a terrible job” following the London terror attacks.
Mr. Trump’s criticism came after Mr. Khan permitted a plan to fly a giant inflatable “Trump baby” blimp to coincide with the president’s UK visit.
Two months later Mr. Khan also gave protesters permission to fly a bikini-clad blimp of himself over Westminster.