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London Mayor Sadiq Khan reignites feud with Donald Trump

Sadiq Khan has reignited his long-running feud with Donald Trump by slamming the President for sharing “vile, hate-fuelled” tweets from Britain First.
The London Mayor hit out after Downing Street said it was “wrong” for the US President to spread the anti-Muslim messages online earlier today.
In a rare slap-down, No10 said this afternoon: “It is wrong for the President to have done this.”
And London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Britain First is a vile, hate-fuelled organisation whose views should be condemned, not amplified.”
Trump caused fury earlier today by re-tweeting far-right propaganda videos from Jayda Fransen.
Piers Morgan, who won the Trump-hosted 2008 US Celebrity Apprentice, called for the Republican to delete the posts featuring anti-Islam propaganda videos.
One was captioned ‘Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches’ and another appeared to show a Muslim ban destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary.
The third and final tweet claims to show a group of men killing a youngster and is titled: “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death.”
This afternoon Downing Street condemned Trump’s actions.
The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson said: “Britain First seeks to divide communities and its narrative peddles lies.
“They cause anxiety to law-abiding people.
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“British people overwhelming reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right which is the antithesis of the values this country represents, decency, tolerance and respect.”
But plans for a state visit are still on, the spokesperson confirmed.
“An invitation has been extended and accepted, the date will be confirmed in due course,” they said.
But Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called on him to remove the tweets at once and “make clear his opposition to racism and hatred in all forms”.
He said in a Facebook post this evening: “It is deeply disturbing that the President of the United States has chosen to amplify the voice of far right extremists.
“Britain First seeks to intimidate minorities, especially our Muslim friends and neighbours.
“Britain First does not share our values of tolerance and solidarity.”
British MPs shouted “disgraceful” as the tweets were raised in the House Commons today after Prime Minister’s Questions.
Stephen Doughty called the comments “highly inflammatory” and Yvette Cooper slammed the “significance and seriousness” of the President giving Fransen a “huge platform”.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the tweets were “abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society”.
But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended the President’s actions this afternoon.
“Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real. His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security,” she said.
“These are real threats we have to talk about… no matter how you look at it.”
Fransen, 31, from Penge, London, is on bail facing charges of causing religiously aggravated harassment as part of a probe into the distribution of leaflets and the posting of videos during a trial in May.
She will also appear in court in Northern Ireland in December charged with using threatening and abusive language during a speech she made at an anti-terrorism demonstration in Belfast on August 6.
Formed in 2011 by former BNP members, Britain First claim to be a political party but are best known for attention-grabbing stunts including “invading” mosques and halal slaughterhouses.
In response to the President’s retweets, Frasen posted her delight at the President’s retweets, writing: “God bless you Trump. God bless America.”