President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have traveled to Britain for what will be a three-day official visit that was overshadowed from the offset by his tweets slamming London mayor Sadiq Khan, dpa reported.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt welcomed the Trumps at Stansted Airport after they flew by helicopter to central London prior to their royal welcome and a private lunch with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Tweeting around the time of touchdown at the airport, Trump accused Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, of being “foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting president of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom.”
“He is a stone-cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me,” said Trump, who has had previous Twitter feuds with Khan.
Khan had given several interviews to British media ahead of the visit, writing in Sunday’s Observer newspaper that it was “un-British to roll out the red carpet” to Trump.
The visit, planned to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, comes as Britain remains in the throes of the Brexit process and as Prime Minister Theresa May plans to step down on Friday as leader of her Conservative party.
“Hugely exciting few days ahead of celebrating our great friendship and honoring those who fought side by side to defend freedom from tyranny,” tweeted Hunt, a leading candidate to succeed May.