Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton defends London mayor after Trump tweets Team Trump on offense ahead of Comey hearing GOP donors back Trump tough talk MORE on Monday praised London Mayor Sadiq Khan following President Trump's criticism of his response to a recent terror attack there.
Trump, in the aftermath of an attack in San Bernardino, California, calls in a statement for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on". "Honestly I've got better and more important things to focus on", he added.
But Khan, in an interview with AFP, reiterated his view that the invitation was "premature".
On Monday, Clinton called for strengthened ties with global allies - a clear contrast with Trump, who has in recent days alarmed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and withdrawn the United States from a Paris climate accord.
Khan had said on Sunday morning that people would see an increased police presence on the streets of the capital and should not be alarmed by that.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan (C), Home Secretary Amber Rudd (R) and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott (L) hold flowers at Potters Fields Park in London on June 5, 2017, during a vigil to commemorate the victims of the terror attack on London Bridge and at Borough Market that killed seven people on June 3, 2017.
A day after bombings in NY and New Jersey, Khan tells The London Standard that attacks are "part and parcel" of life in major cities. It's being touted that he was referring specifically to "a visible increase in police activity on the streets of London in the wake of the attack".
"I just haven't got time to respond to tweets from Donald Trump".
"There's no reason to be alarmed", he said in a statement that Trump appeared to take out of context.
Trump then takes Khan's remark out of context.
"Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement", Trump wrote on Twitter.
The war of words was the latest episode in a long simmering feud between Trump and Khan, who was elected as London's mayor in May 2016.
Trump again hammers Khan, saying the mainstream media is abetting Khan's timidity.
The date of Trump's first visit to Britain as president has not yet been finalised.
"I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the U.S. in circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", Khan told Britain's Channel 4 News. We have a special relationship and we should work closely with the Americans. You stand shoulder to shoulder with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong and you tell them when they are wrong. And as the president of the world's superpower, Mr Trump should be advised to do the same: think before he tweets.