Trump Doubles Down on Criticism of Khan, Corbyn During Press Conference

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Posted: Jun 04, 2019 10:00 AM
Trump Doubles Down on Criticism of Khan, Corbyn During Press Conference

Source: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

President Trump doubled down on his criticism of left-wing British politicians during a press conference with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday morning.

Responding to a question from a British reporter about his criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan and British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, Trump described them as "negative forces." He also said Corbyn wanted to have a meeting with him but he declined. 

"I don't know Jeremy Corbyn, never met him, never spoke to him, he wanted to meet today or tomorrow and I decided I would not do that," Trump told reporters.

On Khan, Trump said "I don't think he should be criticizing a representative of the United States that can do so much good for the United Kingdom."

"He's a negative force, not a positive force," Trump added, noting he's done a "poor job" as mayor. 

May stepped in to say to Khan and Corbyn that the discussions she had with Trump are "about the future of this most important relationship," adding that the alliance "ensures our safety and security and the safety and security of others around the world, too." 

Earlier in the press conference the two leaders discussed the strong alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, trade, NATO, Iran, and more. 

Watch the entire press conference below: