London mayor says he doesn’t want to be ‘exception’ to Trump’s Muslim ban as he claims his ‘ignorant view of Islam could make both of our countries less safe’
- Sadiq Khan was voted to become London’s first Muslim mayor last week
- He rejected Trump’s offer to make him an ‘exception’ to the rule
- He says Trump’s ‘ignorant view of Islam’ could make UK and US less safe
- Trump had said he would stop all non-American Muslims entering the U.S.
- Controversial plans came after December’s San Bernardino terror attacks
- Now The Donald says he would always allow ‘exceptions’ such as Khan
- Meanwhile Khan is planning to visit US soon ‘in case Donald Trump wins’
- Half a million people signed a petition to ban Trump from entering Britain
New London mayor Sadiq Khan said he has no interest in being an ‘exception’ to Donald Trump’s proposed rule, banning non-American Muslims from the United States.
Trump, who proposed the controversial ban in November in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terror attacks, had previously said, ‘there will always be exceptions,’ pointing to the first Muslim mayor of a European capital as one of them, saying he was ‘happy’ to see Khan win.
But Khan has maintained a critical view of the presumptive Republican nominee, saying he would visit the United States before this year’s presidential election in November ‘in case Donald Trump wins.’
‘Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe,’ Khan said earlier this week.
In an interview with the New York Times Trump said he was happy to see Khan – the son of a Pakistani migrant bus driver – become the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital because he can ‘lead by example’.
‘I think if he does a great job, it will really – you lead by example, always lead by example,’ Trump added. ‘If he does a good job and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing.’
Trump’s pledge to ban Muslims from entering the US triggered a huge petition in Britain calling on the Government to ban him from entering the country.
More than half a million people in the UK backed the move, prompting MPs to debate the proposal in Parliament, but the Government said Britain should instead invite him to visit so the whole country could ‘unite against him’.
The Republican caused particular fury in London last year when he claimed parts of London were ‘so radicalised’ by Muslim extremists that police were ‘afraid for their own lives’.
Despite Trump offering him an exception to his ban on Muslims, Khan took aim at the Republican this morning.
‘Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe – it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists,’ he said.
‘This isn’t just about me – it’s about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to
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