US President Donald Trump's United Kingdom visit on despite criticism, says foreign secretary

The Prime Minister said party politics should be "put to one side" after the USA president blasted Sadiq Khan in tweets that were widely condemned by politicians of all stripes. We have a special relationship and we should work closely with the Americans.

"This obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little what he does as president ..." said Conway said on NBC's "Today" show.

Khan's spokesman said he was too busy to respond to Trump's "ill-informed" tweet.

"In the aftermath of the London Bridge attack, we have been working with Sadiq Khan, party politics has been put to one side". Trump and Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants and the first Muslim elected as London's mayor, have been at odds since Khan denounced as "ignorant" Trump's campaign pledge to impose a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Trump has previously clashed with Khan, who is one of the West's most prominent Muslim politicians.

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He described Khan as "pathetic" for saying Londoners had "no reason to be alarmed" by the visible increase in armed police officers in response to the attack - apparently misinterpreting the mayor's words as a comment on Islamic extremism.

Mr Khan added: "Of course we should carry on talking to Donald Trump, the U.S. are close allies of ours".

Appearing on Channel 4 News on Monday evening, Khan said Trump was wrong about "many things" and that his state visit should not go ahead.

More than 1.8 million people have signed an online petition saying Trump should not make the state visit as it "could cause embarrassment" to the monarch.

The US president twice trolled the capital's boss on social media for attempting to reassure Londoners and encourage them to resume their normal lives after the London Bridge attack.

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According to White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump did not misquote Khan. You stand shoulder to shoulder with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong and you tell them when they are wrong.

And you would think, by how this tweet influenced the cycle, that it was the real crime and the seven dead in United Kingdom were merely a subheadline.

Does there remain a single potential act of idiocy that, by this point, would surprise any of us were it committed by Donald Trump? "I think the media wants to spin it that way. We're gonna hold fast and we're gonna keep calm and carry on.' Maybe we have to keep calm and actually do something". Trump, meanwhile, said that "it is his ignorance to say that" and has raised questions about the approach of London's to confronting terrorism.

All in all, a tough time between two of the world's strongest allies.

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