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London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls Trump a 'poster boy for the far-right'

  • Published at 08:57 pm June 4th, 2019
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan talks to reporters after a meeting with European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, Belgium October 26, 2018 REUTERS

Trump arrived in Britain with his wife Melania for a three day visit on Monday

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said Donald Trump was a poster boy for far-right activists all over the world, continuing a long-running spat with the US President.

"Surely we should be saying 'listen, you know, you do realize you are a poster-boy for the far-right movement around the world," he told Sky News on Tuesday in an interview, citing Trump's policies on Muslims and immigration centres.

Trump lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday, calling him a "stone-cold loser" after the mayor criticised the British government for inviting the US president for a state visit.

On Monday, Trump arrived in Britain with his wife Melania for a three day visit, and he had already blasted Khan before his plane touched down.

"@SadiqKhan, 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," Trump said on Twitter shortly before Air Force One landed at Stansted Airport near London.

"He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me."

On Sunday, Labour's Khan said it was important to have good relations with the United States but that Britain should not be "rolling out the red carpet" for Trump. He has also compared Trump to 20th century fascists.

"This is much more serious than childish insults which should be beneath the President of the United States," a spokesman for the mayor said.

"Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of a growing far-right threat around the globe."