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"Like a fascist": London mayor snubbed Trump before a state visit

The statements of the US President remind London Mayor Sadiq Khan of "the fascists of the 20th century". Trump is visiting the UK from Monday and is in favor of a "no-deal" Brexit.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (Labor) criticized the US President Donald Trump shortly before his state visit to Great Britain. The language Trump used at his election rallies reminded him of “the fascists of the 20th century,” wrote Khan in a guest article for the “Observer.” In it, he spoke out against rolling out the red carpet for Trump - which are planned for US presidents, among other things, a state banquet with the Queen, and tea with Prince Charles.

"President Trump is one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat," writes Khan. "The right-wing populists are getting stronger, and they are threatening the rights, freedoms and values ​​in our liberal democratic societies, which have been hard-won over the past 70 years.

He mentions Viktor Orban in Hungary, Metteo Salvini in Italy, Marine Le Pen in France and Niegel Farage in Great Britain as examples. They would all divide society with their rhetoric - "similar to the fascists in the 20th century". Their influence is growing - something that was unthinkable a few years ago, said Khan.

Khan and Trump have clashed several times After a terrorist attack in London in June 2017, the US President said that Khan did not take the threat seriously. He later shared three Islamophobic videos. The Mayor of London then said that Trump was not wanted in the UK. During a visit to Trump in London in 2018, Khan allowed a giant balloon in the shape of a baby with the face of the US President to float over the city.

Trump for "No Deal" Brexit

Before arriving in Great Britain on Monday, Trump fueled the Brexit debate in two interviews and took a clear position. In an interview with the "Sun" he declared his sympathy for Boris Johnson as the successor to the outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May. In an interview with the "Sunday Times" he recommended a "no-deal" Brexit if necessary. "If you don't get what you want, then I would go out," he said when asked what his advice would be for the outgoing Prime Minister's successor.

The point of view presented by Trump in the interviews corresponds exactly to the requirements of conservative US circles, for example in the think tank "Heritage Foundation", which have long represented a "no-deal" Brexit as US interest. The background is the prospect of a trade agreement in Washington's style, with the two deregulated financial centers London and New York at the center. The City of London could then become a tax haven based on the Singapore model.

And for Johnson as May's successor

In the "Sun" interview, Trump added that he liked Johnson. "I've always liked him. I don't know if he'll be elected, but I think he's a very good guy, a very talented person." Trump had given the "Sun" an interview on his last visit last year in which he duped May. In it, he accused the Prime Minister of having ignored his advice on leaving the EU.

May had announced her resignation a few days ago after a month-long power struggle over Brexit. Johnson immediately positioned himself as a possible successor and threatened to leave the EU without an agreement.

Johnson has to go to court

In surveys, Johnson was considered the most promising candidate among the dozen or so applicants for May's successor. But that could change quickly: because a judge decided last week that the eccentric ex-foreign minister had to answer in court for alleged Brexit lies. He is said to have misled the British with wrong numbers in the 2016 referendum and the 2017 new election. The allegations are about the amount that Great Britain pays the EU every week.

The leader of the opposition Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, sharply criticized Trump's behavior. "This is a completely unacceptable interference with the democracy of our country," said the old left. The next prime minister should neither be determined by the US president nor by 100,000 non-representative members of the Conservative Party, but by the British in general elections. "Corbyn has been sensing his chance in new elections for a long time.

The US President again criticized the Prime Minister: "I think that the United Kingdom has allowed the European Union to hold all the cards. And it is very difficult to play well when one side has all the advantages." He mentioned to May that "you have to build up ammunition". At the same time, he assured Great Britain of his deep affection: "I cannot imagine that any US president was closer to your great country." He is in love with Great Britain.

There are likely to be violent protests

The US President is expected to make a three-day state visit to Great Britain with First Lady Melania on Monday. There are also plans to meet May and attend a memorial service in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day - the Allied landings in Normandy during World War II. Trump's visit is highly controversial, so violent protests are expected in England.

>> Sadiq Khan's guest post for the "Observer"