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I don't care if 'Trump baby' blimp offends president, London mayor says

13 Jul 2018 euronews

Demonstrators watch the Trump blimp being inflated Friday morning.Peter NichollsHours after his arrival, he condemned Prime Minister Theresa May in an explosive interview in the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun tabloid, in which he slammed her policy on Brexit. But on Friday morning, the president praised May.He also took aim again at Khan, saying: "I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you'd like. You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job."Opposition lawmaker Emily Thornberry hit out at Trump's comments, telling LBC radio: "It's Islamophobia and it is racist. I'm afraid it is absolutely in Donald Trump's playbook. It just shows what a terrible president he is."Khan, who has no powers over immigration, also questioned the motives behind Trump's repeated criticism."Manchester also suffered a terror attack … Paris Nice, Brussels, Berlin, cities in American have all suffered terror attacks so it's for President Trump to explain why he singled me as the mayor of London out," he said. "It is for him to explain why he thinks I'm responsible for immigration into Europe or the U.K. I have no power over these things."The latest chapter in the Trump-Khan feud came after a British lawmaker was accused of Islamophobia over a now-deleted tweet he posted about the London mayor.Michael Fabricant posted a cartoon Khan's head on an inflatable balloon, engaged in a sex act with a pig. Fabricant apologised, saying he "stupidly tweeted it in a meeting without checking it properly."

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