Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt sides with Trump over racist tweet attacking Sadiq Khan

Rob Merrick

Jeremy Hunt has sided with Donald Trump over his attacks on Sadiq Khan, despite the US president endorsing the racist term “Londonistan”.

The foreign secretary refused to criticise Mr Trump for retweeting a post by right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins, which had called the capital “Khan's Londonistan”.

“President Trump has his own style and I wouldn’t use those words myself,” the Tory leadership contender told Westminster hustings.

“But the sentiment is enormous disappointment that we have a Mayor of London who has completely failed to tackle knife crime and spent more time on politics than the actual business of making Londoners safer.

“And in that, I 150 per cent agree with the president.”

The comments were immediately branded “disgusting” by the Muslim Council of Britain, which highlighted “Islamophobia” in the Conservative party.

“This is disgusting & it should be disqualifying for any potential PM to agree with the “sentiment” of an attack which includes the quoting of the Islamophobia of the vile Katie Hopkins,” tweeted its spokesman, Miqdaad Versi.

“Is Islamophobia so endemic in the party that the foreign secretary tolerates it so easily?”

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