London Mayor says Trump appears to care only about white America

Speaking to CNN’s The Brief, Khan, a long-time critic of the President, said he felt “the long shadow of Donald Trump’s agenda” in the UK.

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“The concern that we have is … when President Trump talks about America First — does he really mean white America first?” he said. “That’s a big concern for many of us.”

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The British politician said the US President’s actions “on many, many occasions … gives us the impression that all he cares about is white America.”

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“When you see … the President of the USA calling people rapists because they happen to be Mexican, having a travel ban against people of my faith, that leads to huge concerns across the world,” Khan added.

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The London Mayor was speaking as Trump and other world leaders attended a two-day NATO summit near London, held to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary.

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Khan and Trump have traded previously insults but the British politician praised the US President’s conduct at the summit.

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“Even I’ve got to give credit. In three-and-a-half years, there’s been a day where he’s been impressive,” he said.

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“I should give credit where it’s due.”

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Trump’s unorthodox behavior at the summit seems to have caused amusement among world leaders. A video, first circulated by CBC, appears to show French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson jokingly discussing Trump’s extended sessions with the press.

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Khan, who belongs to the Britain’s opposition Labour Party, sharply criticized Johnson for “copying” the US leader’s tactics.

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“You’ve got politicians in the UK and those in the far-right copying Donald Trump,” Khan said, adding that Johnson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage were among those who aped the President’s language.

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“There are people here who mimic him and copy him and he gives them succor,” the Labour Party politician said.

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“He gives them confidence and views that used to be in the periphery, people who used to be in the margins, are in the mainstream.”

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Khan said politicians were using tactics inspired by Trump across Europe.

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“In Hungary, look at Orban,” he said. “In Poland, look at Duda, in Italy, look at Salvini, in France, look at Le Pen.”

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The 49-year-old told CNN that the US President’s methods had led to “fears being stoked against minority communities.”

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“It’s the very opposite of what NATO is all about,” Khan said. “It’s the very opposite of what the EU is all about. The very opposite of the multi-lateralism that the US and the UK have led on for the last 70 years.”

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CNN contacted the White House for reaction to Khan’s remarks.

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The Mayor has been busy campaigning ahead of the UK’s general election on December 12.

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Discussing the upcoming vote, Khan said the “polls, frankly speaking, don’t look good for my party.”

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Labour is embroiled in an antisemitism scandal and is accused of failing to address members’ racist behavior. Khan admits the party was too slow to respond.

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“There is an issue with the Labour Party not addressing serious concerns around antisemitism of members of the Labour party quickly enough,” he said.

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“Antisemitism is racism. You can’t have a hierarchy of racism. Racism is racism. We’re a party whose roots are anti-racist.

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“It’s the case though and it breaks my heart to say this that we’ve been too slow.

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“Many of my Jewish friends have said they can’t vote Labour because they think we’re racist.”

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The British politician also faces a reelection campaign next year, when Londoners vote for their choice of mayor in May 2020.

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