US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack Saturday on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, backing a right-wing British columnist who has been widely accused of Islamophobia and once called migrants "cockroaches".
Sajid Javid described Trump's tweet as "unbecoming" of a US President and said he should "stick to domestic politics"; Dominic Raab said it was neither "helpful or constructive" and that he was "proud to have a Muslim mayor of London"; whilst Michael Gove said "I think it's a mistake to retweet anything Katie Hopkins tweets". "Khan is a disaster - will only get worse!" the U.S. president tweeted.
Khan had instead said that Londoners had "no reason to be alarmed" by the increased police presence and responded upon being asked that he had "more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet" before calling for Trump's planned state visit to be cancelled.
Two teenagers were murdered within minutes of each other in different parts of the capital on Friday, June 14, while a man was stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon, June 15.
The bloodshed prompted Trump to hit out at Mr Khan, 48, in another explosive Twitter rant against London's mayor.
In doing so, the USA president retweeted the right-wing, anti-Islam campaigner Katie Hopkins as he told his 61 million followers that Mr Khan was a "national disgrace who is destroying the City of London".
During Mr Trump's trip to the United Kingdom earlier this month, opposition figures slammed the government's decision to grant the president a state visit given his controversial policies and comments.
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"Sadiq is focusing on supporting London's communities and over-stretched emergency services".
There was a triple stabbing in Clapham at 3.22am yesterday before officers in Tower Hamlets, East London, found a man in his 30s stabbed to death outside a block of flats at 2.30pm.
"LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP".
On a trip to London in July previous year, Trump accused Khan of doing "a very bad job on terrorism", linking immigration to a deadly wave of crime in London.
"They seek to divide at a time we need to come together".
Trump's verbal attack on Khan was in reaction to the killings of three men in London which happened within 24 hours.
The deaths over the past few days take the total number of murders in London in 2019 to 56.