Trump Calls London`s 1st Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan a `Stone Cold Loser`
LONDON — Mixing pageantry and political pugilism, President Donald Trump opened a state visit to Britain June 3 by drawing a smile from Queen Elizabeth II and stepping up a long-running feud with London`s anti-Trump mayor Sadiq Khan before his plane had touched down on English soil. Trump will also make his first presidential visit to Ireland June 5, spending two nights at his golf club in Doonbeg, which sits above the Atlantic. After Dublin balked at holding a meeting there, a deal was struck for Trump to meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar — an Indo-Irishman — at the VIP lounge at Shannon Airport, hardly the grand setting usually afforded a meeting of world leaders. Trump and his wife, Melania, flew by helicopter to Buckingham Palace, landing on a lawn where Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, greeted them. They received a deafening royal gun salute as they walked to the palace where a waiting queen smiled at the president.Those were the images sought by a White House eager to showcase Trump as a statesman while, back home, the race to replace him — and talk of impeaching him — heated up. Yet Trump, forever a counter-puncher, immediately roiled diplomatic docility by tearing into London Mayor Sadiq Khan.