Sadiq Khan's speech disrupted by Trump supporters

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2018

Khan had just begun his address at a conference for the Fabian Society, a socialist group, in London when demonstrators in the audience started calling for his arrest.

The crack was a dig at Trump, who said earlier this month in a tweet amid concerns about his mental fitness that he is a "very stable genius".

Dismissing the President's excuse that he didn't want to visit London because the new US embassy had been a bad financial deal, Kassam - - laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of leading Labour party figures including the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn, and London mayor Sadiq Khan - both of whom have done all but promise massive street actions against the President should he visit the city.

Khan had just stood to speak when the group stood and heckled him, one holding up a United States flag.

According to the protesters, there are "millions of British people supporting Donald Trump".

Sky News political correspondent Laura Bundock said the protesters had been sitting "right at the front of the room", and delayed the start of Mr Khan's speech for 15 minutes.

The mayor sat as the moderator stood and tried negotiate with them to stop.

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The protesters are reportedly part of a newly formed group called the White Pendragons.

The London mayor, who has previously criticised Trump over his comments on terror attacks and immigration policy targeting Muslims, will reiterate his opposition in a speech on Saturday.

Mr Trump was scheduled to travel to London to open a new embassy, but he cancelled.

He said May and Trump enjoyed a good relationship, adding: "The US is one of our oldest and most valued allies, and our strong and deep partnership will endure".

The Mayor said Trump's visit would "without doubt have been met with mass peaceful protests".

Johnson suggested in a tweet that Trump had been scared off by Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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