The Foreign Secretary did not criticise the US president for retweeting a post by the commentator Kate Hopkins, which had called the capital “Khan’s Londonistan”. Mr Hunt, who is one of the rivals in the leadership contest, said: “President Trump has his own style and I wouldn’t use those words myself.
“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.”
In response to Kate Hopkins’ comments, the Muslim Council of Britain said: “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.
“Is Islamophobia so endemic in the party that the foreign secretary tolerates it so easily?”
Two of Mr Hunt’s leadership rivals did criticise the US president’s tweeting, which followed three murders in London over the weekend.
Sajid Javid, the home secretary, told Mr Trump to “stick to domestic politics”, describing the tweets as “unbecoming of the leader of such a great state”.
And Dominic Raab also hit out, saying: “I disagree with lots of things Sadiq Khan says but I’m proud to have a Muslim mayor of London and a Muslim home secretary. I’ve lived in London and I’m proud that it’s a melting point.”