He has a point
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With his daily inflammatory remarks and nonsensical decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Trump has alienated top leaders from around the globe. On Tuesday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan suggested Trump should cancel his trip to the United Kingdom after making insensitive comments on Twitter. Following the London bridge attack, in which 7 people died and more than 40 were injured, Trump called the mayor “pathetic” for his attempts to calm distraught Londoners.
In an interview with the U.K’s Channel 4 on Monday, Khan said, “I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for.” He was clear to note the conditional nature of his rejection of Trump, telling the British broadcaster, “When you have a special relationship, it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity, but you call them out when they are wrong. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.”
Earlier this year, British Prime Minister Theresa May gave Trump a formal invitation to visit London this October. On this note, Khan said, “When Theresa May first invited him on a state visit to our country at a time when he was proposing a travel ban on Muslims and changing the American policy on refugees, I said it was inappropriate to be rolling out the red carpet for Donald Trump … nothing has changed my mind.”
It’s worth noting Trump did not criticize Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham following last month’s terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert. Both mayors have similar political stances and strategies for handling acts of terrorism. The only discernable difference between the two? Khan is Muslim.
Of course, famous Londoner and known Trump critic J.K. Rowling had something to say about the situation, writing on Twitter on Tuesday, “I'd rather he [Trump] didn't come, but if he does, I'd like his vile Tweets juxtaposed against whatever he's been coaxed to read off an autocue.”
Honestly, that might not be a bad idea.