Over the weekend London Mayor Sadiq Khan renewed his public feud with Donald Trump. Sadiq mocked Trump for canceling his trip to Poland, which was to commemorate the start of World War II, to deal with emergency response to Hurricane Dorian “on the golf course.”
“He’s clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course,” Khan noted sarcastically.
Khan, who is London’s first Muslim mayor, traveled to Poland over the weekend for a ceremony which commemorated the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. He told reporters from Politico during an interview that Trump failed to attend the event because he was “clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course.”
Khan went on to slam Trump for disseminating messages he perceives as racist on his Twitter page. Issues between Khan and Trump began back in 2016 when Trump considered permanently banning Muslims from certain countries from traveling to the United States.
“These people have been inspired by mainstream politicians who subscribe to their point of view,” Khan said. “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.”
On Thursday, Trump held a brief press conference in the White House Rose Garden. Trump told reporters that he was canceling his trip to Warsaw and would be sending Vice President Mike Pence in his place. Trump stated that he would be staying in the U.S. to monitor Hurricane Dorian.
When Hurricane Dorian was expected to make direct landfall in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, Donald Trump still planned on flying to Poland. It was not until he was told that Dorian had shifted its path and could now directly hit Florida and effect his Mar-a-Lago resort did he decide that he needed to stay in the U.S.
On Saturday, Trump left Camp David, a presidential retreat in Maryland, where he reportedly had experts monitoring the Category 4 hurricane. The White House made it appear that Trump would be hunkered down in Maryland the whole time monitoring the hurricane, but Trump left Maryland by helicopter and traveled to his private resort in Virginia where he played golf for several hours.
Stephanie Grisham, White House press secretary, told reporters that Trump traveled with a FEMA official and was being briefed “every hour.”
When Trump’s motorcade left the golf club, it was met by chanting protesters outside that waved signs saying “Impeach,” “Jail Trump,” “Stop the Donald” and “rat-infested Trump family reunion.”
While Trump enjoyed rounds of golf, Hurricane Dorian created havoc in the Bahamas leaving at least four dead.
Khan and Trump last exchanged insults in June during Trump’s visit to the U.K. Trump turned to Twitter to call Khan a “stone-cold loser” shortly after he landed in London. Khan responded during an interview with the BBC stating that Trump’s insults reminded him of something “an 11-year-old would do. “
During a press conference with the outgoing U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump accused Khan of doing a poor job as mayor by failing to address crime and a “lot of problems” within the city. He also criticized Khan and left-wing citizens for protesting his visit.
“I don’t think he should be criticizing a representative of the United States that can do so much good for the United Kingdom,” Trump told reporters of Khan. “He’s a negative force, not a positive force.”