US President Donald Trump renewed his verbal assault on London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, on Monday June 3rd, calling him a "total failure" after Khan criticised the British government's decision to host him on a state visit, Reuters has reported. Trump and his wife Melania arrived in Britain on June 3rd for a three-day visit.
"Sadiq Khan, who was doing poorly at all levels as mayor, was very loathsome toward the visiting US president, Britain's most important ally," Trump wrote on Twitter shortly before his plane landed at Stansted Airport near London. "He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me," he continued.
Khan, who belongs to the Labour Party, said on Sunday it was necessary for Britain to maintain good relations with the United States but not to "extend the red carpet" to Trump. Khan said Trump also resembled the fascists in the 20th century. "This is much more serious than childish insults, which should be beneath the President of the United States," a spokesman for the mayor said. "Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country in warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of a growing far-right threat around the globe."
Trump will hold several meetings with members of the British royal family during his visit from June 3rd to 5th, where he will have lunch and dinner with Queen Elizabeth and tea with the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and visit the 1,000-year-old Westminster Abbey.
Trump is also scheduled to witness the 75th anniversary of the landing in the southern city of Portsmouth during World War II. Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, a candidate for the Conservative Party leadership, said Trump's visit should go beyond partisan politics.
Hunt, who greeted the President on arrival at Stansted Airport, said Trump had spoken to him about the mayor of London. "He wasn't exactly saying that he's going to be inviting Sadiq Khan for royal treatment at the White House any time soon," Hunt told the BBC, declining to give further details of the conversation.