Trump’s insulting introduction to London

Plenty of publicity was assured for Donald Trump’s visit to London, as he and the Mayor of London traded insults. Trump also took aim at the mayor of new York. He tweeted as he arrived:

, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.

Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!

I’m not sure about the great friends thing, but this ensures he will keep plenty of bitter enemies. His feud with Khan goes back some time

Washington Post: The long and bitter feud between Trump and London Mayor Sadiq Khan

When presidents embark on prestigious state visits abroad, in the past they were expected to leave their political disputes at home and put on a friendly face for the nation hosting them.

But when President Trump arrived in London on Monday for a long-delayed state visit to Britain, he ignored both customs. Circling back to a long feud with Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor and a vocal critic of Trump, the president tweeted [as above].

Khan, his own supporters say, has managed to hit the president where it hurts most, by winning election in a liberal and diverse city on promises that go against Trump’s core policies, granting permission for a “Trump baby” balloon to fly over the skies of London during Trump’s work visit there last year and deploying his own biography to try to prove Trump wrong.

Khan has been provocative, and Trump is easily provoked.

Before Khan was elected mayor, he told The Washington Post’s Karla Adam that Trump was seeking “to divide communities rather than unite them.” Khan repeatedly said in jest that his Muslim faith could pose problems during future U.S. visits.

“I’ll need to rush to come to America before November, because if Trump wins, I’ll be banned from coming,” Khan told The Post.

After becoming mayor, Khan, a Hillary Clinton supporter, doubled down, telling the BBC, “Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe: It risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists.”

Khan comfortably won the London mayoral election in 2016. Initial vote:

  • Shadiq Khan (Labour) 1,148,716 (44.2%)
  • Zac Goldsmith (Conservative) 909.755 (35%)
  • Siân Berry (Greens) 150,637 (5.8%)

Nine other candidates failed to get the 5% required to make the next round. Khan won with 58.8% in the final head to head count with Goldsmith.

In a recent poll Khan was well in front, with 43% support overall and 64% in a head to head with his closest rival.

Trump has now arrived in London:

There are the inevitable tweets:

London part of trip is going really well. The Queen and the entire Royal family have been fantastic. The relationship with the United Kingdom is very strong. Tremendous crowds of well wishers and people that love our Country. Haven’t seen any protests yet, but I’m sure the Fake News will be working hard to find them.

Great love all around. Also, big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of the shackles. Already starting to talk!

Trump has some support, but a lot more opposition.

Live by social media, truth by social media.

Independent: Trump fans in London defend ‘hero’ president as thousands prepare to protest

Amid the threat of major protests during his UK state visit, a handful of Donald Trump supporters gathered outside Buckingham Palace to welcome the US leader – calling him a “hero” whose presidency the next British prime minister should try to emulate.

Jerry and Lisa Foster, from Hallendale Beach in Florida, said they wanted to show their support for their president, who was the best since Ronald Reagan.

Those views were echoed by Russell, 48, from Shropshire, who, wearing a ‘make America great again’ hat declined to give his surname because of the animosity he said the cap attracted.

“The beloved Mr Trump is a hero,” he said.

“Those people who are calling for him to be banned from the UK are fascist. And don’t forget, not everyone in the UK is against him. We need a Trump-like figure in Downing Street.”

But: Mass protests planned for Trump’s state visit to the UK

Mass protests have been planned for President Donald Trump’s upcoming state visit to the U.K., just a year after the giant “Trump Baby” blimp sparked controversy in London.

Protest banners were unfurled over London’s Vauxhall bridge bearing the message: “Resist Trump. Resist Racism. Resist Cruelty. Resist Hate. Resist Sexism.”

Organizers of the protests from the “Together Against Trump” organization told ABC News that protests are planned at Buckingham Palace on Monday, when the president will be attending a state banquet with the Queen, and on Tuesday, when he will be visiting Prime Minister Theresa May.

The protest at Buckingham Palace is expected to be a small event, with only 66 people so far registered as “attending” on the Facebook event entitled: Protest at the Palace: Spoil Trump’s Banquet.

However, the protest on Tuesday, beginning in London’s historic Trafalgar Square at 11 a.m. local time, is expected to be a much more dramatic affair. Nearly 8,000 people are registered for the Facebook event, while another 33,000 social media users have said they are “interested” in it as of Sunday morning.

A spokesperson from the “Together Against Trump” group told ABC News that they expect protests to take place throughout the country, but that the event in Trafalgar Square is the main event.

A number of Facebook groups, including the “Stop Trump Coalition” and “Stand up to Trump,” have come together to organize the protests against his state visit, so that the “world will know that people here reject him and his toxic politics.”

Trump’s visit was always going to be controversial and opposed by some.

 

 

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  1. lurcher1948

     /  4th June 2019

    trumps a class act isn’t he

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  2. Gezza

     /  4th June 2019

    Sadiq Khan doing his best to get himself re-elected & to get Trump re-elected.

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    • I can’t see that Sadiq Khan is being provocative; it seems to me that Trump is being his usual graceless self and showing what a small mind he has. What an ignoramus the man is.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  4th June 2019

        Downtick, downtick, PDT,
        One must wonder what you be.

        I think that Trump can’t stand it that Sadjq Khan laughs at him; unforgiveable in a Muslim.

        Trump is vindictive and childish and lacking in dignity.

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        • Gezza

           /  4th June 2019

          Water off a duck’s back to Trump. Khan’s a plonker.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  4th June 2019

            I don’t think so; he wouldn’t be the Mayor of London if he was a plonker.

            Trump has shown many times that he is smallminded and can’t stand criticism. He is extremely vindictive. It’s also bloody rude to go to a country as a guest and slag off the politicians before you arrive. It’s not only rude, it’s undiplomatic and undignified and makes him look arrogant and insular.

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            • Gezza

               /  4th June 2019

              Londoners & Khan don’t elect the POTUS. Do Khan & co kick up a stink when the Saudi Kng visits?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  4th June 2019

              I have no idea.

              But Trump’s insulting remarks about Khan are completely uncalled for and inappropriate. I can’t imagine any other US president sinking to that level.

            • Gezza

               /  4th June 2019

              Khan got what he wanted by insulring Trump ahead of a state visit & Trump gets what he wants by insulting Khan back. Khan’s lack of diplomacy is equalised by Trump’s. Trump probably comes out ahead back home where it counts.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  5th June 2019

              Khan seems to be wittier and cleverer than Trump; not that he’d have to be very witty and clever to be that.

            • Missy

               /  5th June 2019

              It is rude of the Mayor of the capital to insult a visitor on a state visitor, but that didn’t stop Khan from spending Sunday in the media insulting Trump, both the article I mention above, as well as in TV interviews.

              On Khan being voted in, he seemed good enough when the election happened, though less than 30% of people voted in the last Mayoral election, and remember that London is a Labour City, Boris was an aberration. Khan has shown himself to be ineffective, very good at shifting the blame for issues, a spendthrift, a liar, and self promoting. Many who voted for him have turned against him.

              The thing most Londoners are angry about over this latest spat is that Khan seemingly deliberately provoked Trump to cause a storm at about the same time the numbers of young kids being stabbed and murdered is rising, an issue he ducks away from responding to, or being interviewed about. He is seen to prioritise insulting the President and causing a storm about something outside his remit over and above trying to keep young people in London safe.

            • Missy

               /  5th June 2019

              Kitty, yes the President sank rather low, but Khan is not the innocent in this spat, he has certainly over the last couple of years spent some energy on insulting Trump, he just gets what he gives. To be honest the both of them are acting like Children, and neither are very statesman like or presenting themselves in a good light.

              Oh, and I forgot about the fact that Khan personally approved the flying of the baby Trump Blimp.

              Khan’s provocation has taken the attention away from his failure as Mayor and led the gullible to look at him with sympathy as if he is somehow a victim of the big nasty bully from the US. A win-win situation for him, Trump looks like a child and the attention is taken off his failure, and the gullible are believing Khan’s self promotion that he is somehow a victim.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  5th June 2019

              I suspect that Trump can’t stand being laughed at by Khan, especially as Khan’s a Muslim.

      • Missy

         /  5th June 2019

        Khan wrote an article calling Trump a 20th Century fascist dictator, this was published the day before Trump arrived. Knowing how Trump was likely to react some argue that this article was provocative, and designed to provoke Trump. Khan is not the victim he makes himself out to be, the way he has spoken about Trump is the way no serious politician should talk about the leader of your closest ally, no matter how much of an idiot he is.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  5th June 2019

          Trump asks for it; he’s the bully who can’t stand any criticism of his own precious self.

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  3. David

     /  4th June 2019

    Surprised Khan polls so high he has been a woeful Mayor especially on crime, he runs plod in London.
    He has been doing his utmost to needle Trump and got the reaction he wanted which as Gezza said wont hurt his election chances. Its pretty poor behaviour from some in my opinion as this is a State visit for the D Day celebrations its not a political visit.
    There was a lot of American blood spilt in the 2nd world war and a lot of Britains who are extremely grateful for the help of many many nations and view these stunts from lefty politicians as self serving.

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    • “he runs plod in London”

      I’d be very surprised of the mayor runs the police in London. Like here they should be totally separated.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  4th June 2019

        Met Police Primary governing body:
        Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

        – wikipedia

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        • Duker

           /  4th June 2019

          Strategic only.
          A bit like Auckland Councils strategic direction for Auckland Transport, but they can appoint the board , while Khan cant appoint the dog catcher.

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      • Gezza

         /  4th June 2019

        The Mayor of London was given a direct mandate for policing in London in 2011, as part of the Police and Social Responsibility Act. As such, the Mayor is responsible for setting the strategic direction of policing in London through the Police and Crime Plan.

        https://www.met.police.uk/police-forces/metropolitan-police/areas/about-us/about-the-met/governance/

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      • Maggy Wassilieff

         /  4th June 2019

        Be “very surprised”

        The Mayor of London was given a direct mandate for policing in London in 2011, as part of the Police and Social Responsibility Act. As such, the Mayor is responsible for setting the strategic direction of policing in London through the Police and Crime Plan,

        https://www.met.police.uk/police-forces/metropolitan-police/areas/about-us/about-the-met/governance/

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        • Gezza

           /  4th June 2019

          I’m getting a bit tired of hearing this 😉

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        • Duker

           /  4th June 2019

          ‘Strategic direction’ is largely meaningless. Budget and say over appointment of Commissioner still lies with Home Secretary. Operational decisions are soley preserve of police themselves still.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  4th June 2019

            Dealing with knife crime is a strategic direction.

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            • Duker

               /  4th June 2019

              No it isnt.
              This IS their current strategic direction
              We worked closely with Londoners and partner organisations to understand issues that are important to them, and identified five top priorities in London:

              A better police service for London
              A better criminal justice service for London
              Keeping children and young people safe
              Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls
              Standing together against hatred and intolerance
              The Plan includes measures to tackle these issues, reduce crime and disorder in London and improve police services across the city.
              https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/police-and-crime-plan-safer-city-all-londoners

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  4th June 2019

              Exactly. Aspirational PC crap while knife crime runs rampant.

            • Duker

               /  4th June 2019

              The responsibility lies for a particular rise in street crime lies with the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, not the mayor of Greater London. The conservatives have slashed police budgets in the last 10 years too

      • David

         /  4th June 2019

        The Mayors run policing in most areas of the UK, they run a large part of the education system as well. England is quite devolved so local politicians are accountable and can respond better to local needs.

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  4th June 2019

      You can rest assured that none of Trumps blood was spilt in any war.

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      • Gezza

         /  4th June 2019

        Worpress threw a wobbly & put my reply below.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  4th June 2019

        Me too, Patz. How about you?

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      • Duker

         /  4th June 2019

        Didnt his grandfather leave Germany to avoid military service too
        “Soon after the family arrived [back]in Germany, Bavarian authorities determined that Trump had emigrated from Germany to avoid his military-service obligations, and he was classified as a draft dodger”

        No surprise there

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      • Yes, I am sure that he did.

        Trump really, really wanted to go, but he had sore feet and one supposes that he didn’t want to waste medical resources by having them cured. He’s on record as saying that he wished he had a Purple Heart medal.

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        • Duker

           /  4th June 2019

          No way he wanted to go as the bone spurs didnt seem to be a problem for his athletic activities as a student. His doctor has said that how it was done at the time, your own doctor would classify you with a ‘new deformity’ , not the armys doctors
          he was a draft dodger like his grandfather

          “Back in 1968, at the age of 22, Donald J. Trump seemed the picture of health.

          He stood 6 feet 2 inches with an athletic build; had played football, tennis and squash; and was taking up golf. His medical history was unblemished, aside from a routine appendectomy when he was 10.

          But after he graduated from college in the spring of 1968, making him eligible to be drafted and sent to Vietnam, he received a diagnosis that would change his path: bone spurs in his heels
          In an interview with The New York Times last month, Mr. Trump said the bone spurs had been “temporary” — a “minor” malady that had not had a meaningful impact on him.
          http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/us/politics/donald-trump-draft-record.html

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  4th June 2019

            Possibly like me he objected to being sent to Vietnam to kill Vietnamese.

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          • The PDT’s are taking a satirical comment seriously.

            I don’t believe for a minute that he really wanted to go and wishes that he had a Purple Heart (which would mean that he’d been badly wounded or killed)

            Bone spurs are easily treatable, as far as I know, and he was lucky that he had a tame doctor.

            If he was a Conscientous Objector, he should have had the courage of his convictions and said so. If he had been one, why would he express the wish to have the Purple Heart.

            His personal Viet Nam was women’s genitalia (didn’t he call these a minefield or something similar ?) and making sure that he didn’t catch anything.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  4th June 2019

      The Americans swanned in when all the hard work had been done as they did in WWI.

      There is only one Britain, not ‘many Britains’.

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  4. Gezza

     /  4th June 2019

    Was Khan’s?

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    • Gezza

       /  4th June 2019

      The point is, Patz, when’s the last time any national leader in a Western country spilt any blood in a war? Like most leaders they’re better at sending other people to shed blood in wars than to send themselves or their own kids.

      This is all just fodder for Trump’s base & insulting the Head of State of the US is potentially likely to win over some undecideds to Trump.

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      • Ray

         /  4th June 2019

        John Kennedy lost a bit and a brother, he wasn’t in power at the time but his father definitely was.

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      • Pink David

         /  4th June 2019

        “The point is, Patz, when’s the last time any national leader in a Western country spilt any blood in a war? ”

        Benjamin Netanyahu

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      • Pink David

         /  4th June 2019

        Fun fact; the 16 man team that rescued the passengers of Sabena Flight 571 contained not just one, but two future Prime Minsters of Israel.

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    • David

       /  4th June 2019

      Was Corbyns, May,s Merkels, Macrons, Rutte, Ardern, Xi, Trudeaus, Modi,s, Khan or any other current democratically elected leader of any country. Nope but different rules apply to Trump because its the trendy thing to do for people who cant think beyond orange man bad.

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      • Duker

         /  4th June 2019

        Did they avoid the military draft or national service in their countries ? Most werent of Age in Vietnam war and No NZ didnt draft women even then.

        Trump did avoid the draft. ( last year for draftees was 1973)
        Corbyn was too young for UK national service ( born 1949) as call ups ended 1960.
        Macron was just under age when France stopped its Military service in 1997.

        Do you even check on the silly things you always say. Clearly not

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  4th June 2019

          Sadiq Khan would have been too young for National Service.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  4th June 2019

            JFK’s brother-in-law was killed in WWII.

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            • Duker

               /  4th June 2019

              Was older brother Joe Jnr, not brother in law

          • Duker

             /  4th June 2019

            “Sadiq Khan would have been too young for National Service.”
            Wasnt even born then. DOB is oct 1970.
            Only politicians of similar vintage to Trump are Biden ( student deferment and then medical classification
            . Sanders got student deferment, applied for conscientious objector but by time student deferment ran out he was too old, seems like he padded his time as a student as he grad in 64 at 23. A bit early for vietnam

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  4th June 2019

              He was born WHEN ???

              JFK’s brother-in-law, his sister Kathleen’s husband, was killed in WWII. He was an English aristocrat.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  4th June 2019

              The Marquis of Hartington.

              I suppose that the PDT/s will downtick that. Poor sad things.

  5. duperez

     /  4th June 2019

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  6. lurcher1948

     /  4th June 2019

    A thought for the wako(wake) trump lovers here,sad people

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  7. Missy

     /  5th June 2019

    The protests were a bit of a damp squib, only a few thousand turned up this morning to Trafalgar Square, and the media estimate about 30,000 at Parliament Square, (so maybe about 15,000-20,000).

    Walking across Trafalgar Square at lunch time today didn’t feel very busy at all, in fact it was an easier walk today with the so-called protests than it is on a normal day with tourists.

    I don’t think the protestors like rain, apparently a whole lot left when it began raining.

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    • Gezza

       /  5th June 2019

      Even Aljaz tv’s reporter commented that it was only “a fraction” of the 250k who demonstrated against him last time he descended upon the poor beggars & suggested they’ve got protest fatigue.

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