Trump defends golf amid Hurricane Dorian preparation, slams Sadiq Khan
WASHINGTON – Mocked by the mayor of London for playing golf amid hurricane preparations this past weekend, President Donald Trump said Monday he played “very fast” and told the mayor to mind his own business.
“The incompetent Mayor of London, Sadique Kahn, was bothered that I played a very fast round of golf yesterday,” Trump tweeted, misspelling the first name of his critic. In a follow-up post, Trump said, “He is a terrible mayor who should stay out of our business!”
Renewing his frequent battle with Trump, Mayor Sadiq Khan noted that Trump canceled a trip to Poland to monitor preparations for Hurricane Dorian as it menaced the East Coast of the United States.
“He’s clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course,” Khan told Politico.
In his counterattack, Trump said Khan should worry about “knife crime” in London, which he said is totally “out of control.” Trump also threw in another barb at his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
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“Many Pols exercise for hours, or travel for weeks,” Trump tweeted. “Me, I run through one of my courses (very inexpensive). President Obama would fly to Hawaii.”
Previously, Trump and Khan have clashed over the president’s Muslim travel ban and his state visit to the United Kingdom.
The Poland trip that Trump canceled was designed to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. While saying he needed to monitor the hurricane’s movements, Trump also visited his golf course in Virginia on both Saturday and Monday.
Trump did not mention other attacks Khan made on him in the Politico interview. The London mayor, who did attend the World War II commemoration in Poland, also said Trump has all but encouraged racists to air their fringe views.
“These people have been inspired by mainstream politicians who subscribe to their point of view,” Khan said, and Trump “is a guy who amplifies racist tweets; amplifies the tweets of fascists; says things that are deeply objectionable. If I don’t stand up and call that out I think I’m doing a disservice to Londoners who chose me as their mayor.”