London Mayor Sadiq Khan slams Trump’s ‘ignorant’ view of Islam

London Mayor Sadiq Khan slams Trump’s ‘ignorant’ view of Islam

New York - Republican presidential candidate says he was 'happy' about Khan's landslide win in the UK capital.

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By Reuters

Published: Tue 10 May 2016, 10:37 AM

Last updated: Tue 10 May 2016, 4:34 PM

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is unimpressed by Donald Trump’s suggestion that he could be exempted from a proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Asked how that policy would affect London’s first Muslim mayor, Trump told The New York Times that “there will always be exceptions.”
But Khan said Tuesday that “this isn’t just about me — it’s about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world.”
He said “Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe” by alienating mainstream Muslims.
Trump proposed “a total and complete” ban on foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. until — in his words — “our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, has suggested he would make an exception for London's newly elected Muslim mayor, the New York Times reported.
"There will always be exceptions," the Times quoted the real estate billionaire and presumptive Republican nominee as saying when asked how his controversial proposal would apply to Sadiq Khan, the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver and a seamstress, who was sworn in as London's mayor on Saturday.
Trump said he was pleased to see Khan elected, the Times reported. "I was happy to see that . I think it's a very good thing, and I hope he does a very good job because frankly that would be very, very good.
"You lead by example, always lead by example. If he does a good job . that would be a terrific thing."
Trump put forth the idea of the ban after deadly attacks by militants in Paris and California last year. Muslim and human rights groups, Trump's Democratic rivals and many of his Republican presidential opponents condemned the proposal as divisive, counterproductive and contrary to American values.
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Khan, the Labour party candidate, defeated his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith by a record margin to secure the biggest individual mandate in British political history after an acrimonious campaign. Speaking of the Conservatives' tactics, Khan told the Observer: "They used fear and innuendo to try to turn different ethnic and religious groups against each other - something straight out of the Donald Trump playbook."
In an interview with Time magazine, Khan said he wanted to go to the United States to see the interesting programs the mayors of New York and Chicago were implementing, but that he would have to visit before January in case Trump won the 8 November election.
"If Donald Trump becomes the president I'll be stopped from going there by virtue of my faith, which means I can't engage with American mayors and swap ideas," Khan said.

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