London mayor and known Trump critic Sadiq Khan was giving a talk at the Fabien Society in central London when members of a pro-Brexit group interrupted his speech and even attempted to make a citizen’s arrest.
The demonstrators screamed pro-Donald Trump and pro-Brexit slogans and also held anti-EU signs just before the London mayor started his speech.
The group is from the White Pendragons declared to the audience: “Ladies and gentlemen, we’re here today to make a non-violent, peaceful citizen’s arrest.”
Khan appeared to try his best to look unaffected by the demonstrators as he scans a newspaper while police escorted the protesters out of the building. The demonstrators said they have a right to be in the building as they paid for a ticket. They also admonished the police not to touch them, or else they will be charged with common assault.
The incident happened after Khan again publicly criticized Trump when he said Trump “finally got the message” that he is “not welcome” in the UK after the President announced that he is canceling his planned trip to the UK in February to open the new U.S. embassy.
Trump explained that he canceled his UK visit because of an Obama mistake. He said in a tweet: “Reason I canceled my trip to London us that I am not a big fan of the Obama administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/951679619341737986?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 12, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Khan, however, is gloating and declaring that Trump’s trip cancelation was due to the protests against Trump. He speculated: “This just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place. Let’s hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda.”
Khan took another jab at the President at the start of his speech after he was humiliated by the demonstrators. He said: “It is a pleasure to be here even though we were distracted by the actions of what some would call very stable geniuses.”
Trump previously criticized Khan’s handling of terror-related events in London.