Donald Trump Uses First Tweet From U.K to Call London Mayor a 'Stone Cold Loser'

Mere moments before touching down in the U.K ahead of a three-day state visit, President Donald Trump decided to continue his feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The commander-in-chief called the Labour politician a "stone cold loser," following his recent criticism of the president.

Trump appeared to send tweets attacking Khan just as Air Force One was arriving into Stansted Airport, around 40 miles from central London, for his state visit.

The latest outburst arrived as Khan once again spoke out about how Trump should not be treated to a full-blown state visit as well as penning an article comparing the president to the "fascists of the 20th century."

Trump wrote: "@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly 'nasty' to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me."

In a follow-up tweet in which he spells the mayor's name wrong, Trump added: "Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job—only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!"

Following the tweets, Khan's office said in a statement: "This is much more serious than childish insults which should be beneath the President of the United States.

"Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country, warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of a growing far-right threat around the globe, which is putting at risk the basic values that have defined our liberal democracies for more than 70 years."

Trump and Khan have exchanged heated words since around 2016. In June 2017, Trump was heavily criticized for attacking Khan, who is Muslim, in the wake of a terror attack in London Bridge that left seven people dead.

Trump appeared to misinterpret a statement made by Khan which he told Londoners not to be concerned about an increased police presence in the wake of the attack.

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" Trump tweeted.

"We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse."

In a recent article for The Observer ahead of Trump's visit, Khan said Trump should not be given the red-carpet treatment by the U.K because of his rhetoric and beliefs, which are fueling a rise of the far-right.

"Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat," Khan wrote.

"The far-right is on the rise around the world, threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms and the values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies for more than seventy years. Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Matteo Salvini in Italy, Marine Le Pen in France and Nigel Farage here in the U.K. are using the same divisive tropes of the fascists of the 20th century to garner support, but are using new sinister methods to deliver their message.

"And they are gaining ground and winning power and influence in places that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago."

Speaking to Sky News, Khan also compared the president to a friend whose actions need to be called out.

"Our closest ally is akin to a best friend—and the thing about a best friend is that you stand shoulder to shoulder with them in times of adversity, but you've got to call them out when you think they're wrong," Khan said.

"There are so many things about President Donald Trump's policies that are the antithesis of our values in London, but also our values as a country."

Trump's visit to the U.K, in which he will attend a lavish banquet with the Queen and hold meetings with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, is expected to be met with tens of thousands of protesters both in London and across the U.K.

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(Left) Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaks at the annual British Chambers of Commerce conference on March 28, 2019 in London, England. (Right) President Donald Trump answers questions on the comments of special counsel Robert Mueller while departing the White House May 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. Getty/Jack Taylor/ Win McNamee