Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump calls London mayor a 'disaster' after a spate of killings

Trump calls London mayor a 'disaster' after a spate of killings

US President Donald Trump has launched a new attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, saying he is a "disaster" and will "only get worse" after three people were slain in the city in less than 20 hours.

This followed Khan's attack on Trump ahead of his three-day state visit to the UK.

The US president and London mayor have clashed in the past, including on Trump's state visit at the start of June.

Before Mr Trump's tweet, Mr Khan said: 'Our overstretched police are working around the clock to keep Londoners safe.

The Met Police said last night: 'Bearing down on violent crime on the streets of London continues to be a top priority.' Ten arrests have been made after the murders in Tooting and Plumstead. "Khan is a disaster - will only get worse!" he wrote.

The war of words between Trump and Khan received a great deal of attention this month when the president called the mayor a "stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London".

But Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn defended Mr Khan, saying: "Absolutely terrible to see Donald Trump using the tragedy of people being murdered to attack the Mayor".

Emergency services were called to an address in Wandsworth on Friday afternoon, where an 18-year-old died after being found stabbed, and a 19-year-old died after being found with "critical injuries" after reports of a shooting in Greenwich.

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The feud began when Khan, the son of a bus driver who emigrated from Pakistan in the 1960s, criticized Trump's travel ban on people from certain Muslim countries.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told Daily Star Online that two teens were killed in separate knife and gun attacks within mere minutes of each other on Friday.

On Katie Hopkins and Trump, he added: "They seek to divide at a time we need to come together".

Khan, meanwhile, criticised the United Kingdom for rolling out the "red carpet" for Trump and said that "there are many, many racists who think he's (Trump) their poster boy".

A man in his 30s then died after he was stabbed in Tower Hamlets, east London, on Saturday afternoon.

Three men were also stabbed in a separate attack in Clapham, south-west London.

The deaths over the past few days take the total number of murders in London in 2019 to 56.

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