Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Donald Trump is not welcome here: London Mayor Sadiq Khan

One of the demonstrators held an American flag Image One of the demonstrators held an American flag
Russell Knight | 15 January, 2018, 13:24

Donald Trump supporters have disrupted a speech by Sadiq Khan, after the London Mayor said the president wasn't welcome in London.

Trump said he abandoned his plans to visit the United Kingdom as he is "not a big fan of the Obama Administration" selling off the previous embassy and building a new one in an "off-location".

Mr Khan's address to a Fabian Society conference in central London had to be suspended for several minutes as a handful of demonstrators from the White Pendragons group called for the mayor to be arrested as they made statements in support of Mr Trump and Brexit.

After Trump announced Thursday he was canceling his trip to Britain, Khan said that the president "got the message" that Londoners don't agree with his policies and that he would have been met with "mass protests".

As security began to appear, those in the audience started to heckle and slow-handclap.

But a protester, unperturbed by the reception, said: "We stand under common law jurisdiction".

London's Mayor sat down and flicked through a paper when his speech was disrupted
Image London's Mayor sat down and flicked through a paper when his speech was disrupted

Khan had just stood to speak when the group stood and heckled him, one holding up a United States flag. The protesters were later escorted from the venue by police.

'We're not leaving, we've paid for a ticket'.

And in a dig at the USA president's recent Twitter meltdown, he said: 'It is a pleasure to be here even though we were distracted by the actions of what some would call very stable geniuses'.

A longstanding Trump critic, Khan was attacked by the president for urging calm after the London Bridge terror attack last June, in which eight people were killed.

When Mr Khan resumed his speech he quipped: "On the plus side, I wasn't served with a P45" - a reference to British prime minister Theresa May's disastrous Tory conference speech that was interrupted by a prankster.

The protesters claimed the Fabian Society was "subverting our English constitution", with one quoting the Magna Carta.

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