Sadiq Khan has done a “terrible job” on terrorism, Donald Trump has said.
“I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism. I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the horrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in,” he said.
He also appeared to link Khan with immigration, despite the London Mayor not overseeing the UK’s immigration policy, which the Home Office is in charge of.
“I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you’d like. You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job,” said Trump.
'President Trump must explain why he thinks crime is linked to immigration'
ONS statistics released in February show net migration was at a similar level to 2014, with almost 250,000 more people coming to the UK than leaving.
The statistics also showed a fall in the number of EU citizens entering the UK.
There are more non-EU citizens entering the UK than EU citizens, and almost half of those non-EU migrants are coming UK to study.
London and the South East has the highest concentration of foreign-born residents, and crime statistics show a rise in crime across England and Wales, including cities with low numbers of foreign-born residents.
The Mayor of London does not have any jurisdiction over UK or European immigration policies, although Khan has previously described himself as a supporter of “robust, managed immigration system and secure borders”, and said that he welcomes immigration to “create more wealth, jobs and opportunities”.
Khan hit back on Sky News, saying: “It’s for President Trump to explain why he thinks crime is linked to immigration, and for him to explain why he thinks I’m responsible for immigration to Europe or indeed to the UK, I’ve got no power over these things”.
On the Today programme, he added: "I have seen no evidence that this crime has been brought in by immigration from Africa or other parts of the world to Europe."
Blimp makes Trump feel 'unwelcome'
In an inflammatory interview with the Sun, Trump also said the giant baby blimp being flown in protest at his visit makes him feel “unwelcome”.
Khan defending the decision to let it fly, saying forbidding it could “limit the rights to free speech”.
"I shouldn't be the arbiter, as a politician, of what's in good taste or bad taste, what's important is it to be peaceful, and for it to be safe,” he said.
"And, frankly speaking, the idea that we limit the rights to protest, we limit the rights to free speech because it may cause offence to a foreign leader is a very, very slippery slope."
A crowdfunder for a similar blimp depicting Sadiq Khan as a baby is currently on over £50,000.