Boris Johnson has called London Mayor Sadiq Khan a “pompous popinjay” for celebrating Donald Trump’s canceled UK trip. “[Khan] seems determined to put this crucial relationship at risk,” the foreign secretary tweeted.
Trump’s decision was welcomed by many, including Khan. The worst mayor in London’s history said in a statement that Trump must have realized that many Londoners opposed his visit.
“It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans, but find his politics and actions the polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance … Let’s hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda,” Khan said.
Khan has been a vocal supporter of terrorists in the past and has overseen the most incredible reduction in public safety and a spiraling crime rate in London.
Johnson responded by saying the US is the “biggest single investor” in Britain and urged him not to put the “crucial relationship at risk.”
“We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall,” he added.
In the tweet, Johnson also suggested Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was “determined” to put the relationship at risk. Corbyn has been critical of Trump’s policies in the past.
Former UKIP leader and Trump-fan Nigel Farage claimed Corbyn and Khan’s backing of protests may have deterred Trump from visiting.
“It’s disappointing. He’s been to countries all over the world and yet he’s not been to the one with whom he’s closest. I think it’s disappointing,” Farage told the BBC. “Maybe, just maybe, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party planning mass protests, maybe those optics he didn’t like the look of.”
The US leader was due to be the guest of honor at the opening of the new American embassy in London, but he canceled his trip with a tweet, in what appears to be a major diplomatic snub to Britain.
Theresa May’s embattled government has been sidelined by the other half of the ‘special relationship’ as Washington pulls out of a public love-in with London that had been scheduled for February.