Trump renews war of words with London Mayor Sadiq Khan
A baby-shaped blimp meets a thin-skinned president: cue the renewal of a war of words between Donald Trump and London's first Muslim mayor, encompassing terrorism, crime and good manners.
Mayor Sadiq Khan has "done a very bad job on terrorism", Trump declared, linking immigration to a deadly wave of knife crime in London, as he began a contentious four-day trip to Britain this week.
"You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London," he said in an interview with Friday's edition of The Sun newspaper.
It was the latest potshot in a feud that began when Khan, the son of a bus driver who emigrated from Pakistan in the 1960s, criticised Trump's travel ban on people from certain Muslim countries.
Khan responded on Friday by saying terrorism was a global problem which also affected other European cities. "What is interesting is Trump is not criticising mayors of those cities, but he is criticising me," he told BBC radio.
Trump's comments blaming immigration for crime in England were "preposterous", he said.
Khan on Friday lauded the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States.
Asked if the new row could jeopardise that bond, he said: "It takes two to tango, and I'm not tweeting President Trump or saying beastly things about him."
Khan added: "I think our prime minister (Theresa May) should have the confidence to speak to the US president on equal terms and it's for President Trump to say what he wants about me; I'm not going to rise to President Trump's views."
Khan this week authorised a plan by protestors to float a six-metre inflatable of a distinctly orange nappy-clad baby bearing Trump's face above London's Parliament Square on Friday. Khan's authorisation for the "angry baby" stunt has infuriated Trump supporters in Britain such as Brexit champion Nigel Farage, who called it an "insult".
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant was accused of Islamophobia after tweeting a cartoon showing the Muslim mayor's head on an inflatable balloon, engaged in a sex act with a pig.