Sadiq Khan hit back at Donald Trump today after the US president accused him of doing a ‘very bad job’ on terrorism and crime.
The London Mayor questioned why he was being ‘singled out’ after Mr Trump renewed their feud in bombshell comments during his UK visit.
The president said Mr Khan was failing to tackle extremism and crime in the city – blaming high levels of immigration.
But Mr Khan said other major cities had suffered terror attacks, and asked why Mr Trump was ‘making it about me’.
‘He criticised the mayor of London – me personally – for the terror attacks we had last year. But the evil of terrorism has been grappled with in Manchester, Berlin, Paris, Nice,’ he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
‘Why has he singled me out?’
Mr Trump has clashed with the Labour mayor repeatedly in the past, including over his administration’s visa policy and most recently over Khan’s decision to allow a gigantic Trump blimp to fly over London.
Sadiq Khan hit back at Donald Trump today after the US president accused him of doing a ‘very bad job’ on terrorism and crime
Speaking on the eve of his visit to Britain yesterday, the president (left with Melania in London) said Khan (right) was doing a ‘terrible job’ in the capital by allowing migrants to flock to the city
Protesters gathered at the security fence watch as US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump leave in Marine One from the US ambassador’s residence, Winfield House
Speaking to The Sun, Trump said: ‘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 added: ‘I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the horrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in.’
London was devastated by four terror attacks last year – at Westminster, London Bridge, Parsons Green and Finsbury Park.
Trump also accused Mr Khan, who is muslim, of failing to show respect for the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nation.
Trump also accused Khan of failing to show respect for the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nation. Pictured: Trump being greeted at Blenheim Palace yesterday
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are welcomed at Blenheim Palace by Britain Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May
‘I think he has not been hospitable to a government that is very important,’ he said. ‘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.’
A source close to Khan told The Sun that it is the responsibility of the Home Office to determine London’s migration policy, as well as that of the UK as a whole.