President Donald Trump on Tuesday revived his long-running feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, declaring the mayor “incompetent” as he defended playing golf as a hurricane bore down on the southeastern coast of the United States.
“The incompetent Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was bothered that I played a very fast round of golf yesterday. Many Pols exercise for hours, or travel for weeks. Me, I run through one of my courses (very inexpensive). President Obama would fly to Hawaii,” Trump said in a pair of tweets that initially misspelled the mayor’s name before being corrected.
He continued: “Khan should focus on ‘knife crime,’ which is totally out of control in London. People are afraid to even walk the streets. He is a terrible mayor who should stay out of our business!”
The tweets come after Khan hit the president over his golf habit. Trump canceled a weekend trip to Poland in which he was set to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion that marked the beginning of World War II. Instead, Trump stayed home to monitor the movement of Hurricane Dorian, which left a path of destruction through the Bahamas on Monday and is now on track to hit parts of the East Coast throughout the week. Despite canceling his trip, Trump was spotted at his Virginia golf club two days in a row.
In an interview with POLITICO London Playbook from Warsaw for the ceremonies, Khan mocked Trump’s scrapped plans, saying that “he’s clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course.”
Khan also took aim at Trump’s incendiary rhetoric, accusing the president of emboldening white supremacists.
“These people have been inspired by mainstream politicians who subscribe to their point of view,” he said, adding that Trump “is a guy who amplifies racist tweets; amplifies the tweets of fascists; says things that are deeply objectionable. If I don’t stand up and call that out I think I’m doing a disservice to Londoners who chose me as their mayor.”
Trump and Khan have butted heads numerous times over the past few years, with Khan objecting to Trump’s campaign pledge to ban Muslims from traveling to the U.S. and Trump returning fire by criticizing Khan’s record on crime while in office. Most recently, the president called Khan a “stone cold loser” as Trump arrived in Britain for a state visit earlier this year.
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