Khan: I won’t rise to ter­ror claims

Daily Mail - - The Pomp And The Pygmy -

Lon­don mayor Sadiq Khan said he would not ‘rise to’ Mr Trump yesterday af­ter the pres­i­dent ac­cused him of go­ing soft on ter­ror­ism.

The long- run­ning spat between the two men, which be­gan when Mr Trump was on the cam­paign trail, was reignited by the Pres­i­dent in an in­ter­view pub­lished yesterday.

Mr Trump told The Sun Mr Khan has ‘done a very bad job on ter­ror­ism’.

He said: ‘I think al­low­ing mil­lions and mil­lions of peo­ple to come into Europe is very, very sad. I look at cities in Europe, and I can be spe­cific if you’d like.

‘You have a mayor who has done a ter­ri­ble job in Lon­don. He has done a ter­ri­ble job. Take a look at the ter­ror­ism that is tak­ing place. Look at what is go­ing on in Lon­don. I think he has done a very bad job on ter­ror­ism.

‘He has done a bad job on crime, if you look [at] all of the hor­ri­ble things go­ing on there, with all of the crime that is be­ing brought in.’

He also ac­cused Mr Khan of im­po­lite­ness.

‘I think he has not been hos­pitable to a govern­ment that is very im­por­tant. now he might not like the cur­rent Pres­i­dent, but I rep­re­sent the United States.

‘I also rep­re­sent a lot of peo­ple in Europe be­cause a lot of peo­ple from Europe are in the United States.’

Yesterday Mr Khan said he was not fan­ning the flames of the feud and he praised the ‘ spe­cial re­la­tion­ship’ between the UK and US.

‘It takes two to tango, and I’m not tweet­ing Pres­i­dent Trump or say­ing beastly things about him,’ he said.

‘I think our Prime Min­is­ter should have the con­fi­dence to speak to the US Pres­i­dent on equal terms and it’s for Pres­i­dent Trump to say what he wants about me. I’m not go­ing to rise to Pres­i­dent Trump’s views.’

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