BORIS Johnson has slapped down Sadiq Khan for celebrating Donald Trump’s cancelled visit to the UK - calling London’s Mayor a “puffed-up pompous popinjay”.
The Foreign Secretary said he and the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn seem “determined” to put the crucial relationship between the UK and America at risk.
The US is the biggest single investor in the UK - yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk. We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 12, 2018
It comes after Mr Khan, who repeatedly clashed with the America president over his handling of the London Bridge terror attack, welcomed Mr Trump’s decision to abandon plans to come to the capital.
After he decided to pull out of opening his country’s new embassy in London, Mr Khan tweeted: “Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda.
“It seems he’s finally got that message.”
Despite the president claiming it was due to anger over moving to a different building, the Labour mayor suggested it was due to a fear of protests over his presence.Nigel Farage and Chuka Umunna row over Donald Trump's cancelled UK visit
Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message. pic.twitter.com/YD0ZHuWtr3— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 12, 2018
But his statement angered Mr Johnson, who hit out on social media at the comments, writing: "The US is the biggest single investor in the UK - yet Khan and Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk.
“We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall."
The word “popinjay” is an archaic term derived from a former description for a parrot, which means a “vain or conceited person”.
Asked if the Foreign Secretary spoke for the Government with his comments Downing Street was unable to comment.
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A Number 10 spokesman insisted the "strong and deep" partnership between the UK and US "will endure" despite Mr Trump’s comments.
However Mr Johnson has not always sided with Mr Trump, after once suggesting: “The only reason I would not visit parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump."
It was during a row in 2016 about the claim there were so-called “no go areas” in some British cities, with Mr Johnson saying “Donald Trump is clearly out of his mind.”
Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5326658/boris-johnson-attacks-sadiq-khan-for-celebrating-donald-trumps-cancelled-uk-visit-calling-londons-mayor-a-puffed-up-pompous-popinjay/1504