Trump Blasts 'Disgrace' Khan: 'London Needs a New Mayor ASAP'
President responds to weekend murder spree in British capital city
President Donald Trump slammed Sadiq Khan following a series of murders in the British capital this weekend, describing the London mayor as a "national disgrace who is destroying the city."
Trump declared that that "London needs a new mayor ASAP" after the latest deaths saw three people murdered in 24 hours over Friday and Saturday as violent crime spirals out of control in the city.
Mayor Khan responded to the president with a statement on Saturday night, saying he would not "waste his time" with Trump after he declared: "Khan is a disaster - will only get worse!"
In a spree of separate killings, two teenagers were murdered within 12 minutes of each other, 12 miles apart in London on Friday, while a man was stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon - making three murders within just 24 hours.
Khan clashed with Trump when he jetted in for a state visit earlier this month, with the Mayor of London dubbing him a "fascist" before Air Force One had even taken off.
Earlier this week, Khan came under fire for funding a £300,000 ($380,000) "beach party" after claiming the city had no money to tackle the skyrocketing violent crime.
According to the Daily Mail, on June 3, Trump rapidly hit back at Khan after his "fascist" comments and branded the mayor a "stone cold loser" in a two-part tweet as he touched down in Britain.
The Labour mayor then accused the President of "playground behavior" and claimed he was a "poster boy for the far-right."
Socialist Jeremy Corbyn said it was "absolutely awful to see @realDonaldTrump using the tragedy of people being murdered to attack the Mayor."
The Labour leader tweeted: "@SadiqKhan is rightly supporting the police to do their job while Katie Hopkins spreads hateful and divisive rhetoric. They seek to divide at a time we need to come together."
He is a national disgrace who is destroying the City of London! https://t.co/l3qcUS17jh— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2019
LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster - will only get worse! https://t.co/n7qKI3BbD2— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2019
Trump's ferocious tweet comes after an 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Wandsworth on Friday afternoon, minutes before another 19-year-old man was fatally shot in Plumstead.
Just hours later, a man in his 30s was killed in Tower Hamlets, east London.
Three men were also stabbed in a separate attack in Clapham during a weekend of violence in the capital.
The Metropolitan Police said 14 people - including several boys and a girl - have been arrested in connection with the incidents in Wandsworth, Plumstead, and Clapham.
Retweeting a post by commentator Katie Hopkins about the killings, the President said the capital needed a new mayor "ASAP."
The spokesman said: "Sadiq is focusing on supporting London's communities & over-stretched emergency services.
"He has been in regular touch with senior Met police officers last night and throughout the day.
"His thoughts are with the victims' families.
"He is not going to waste his time responding to this sort of tweet."