Is­lam comment pro­vokes out­cry

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Don­ald Trump said Lon­don’s new mayor made “very rude state­ments” about him -- and the pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee warned he won’t have a good re­la­tion­ship with Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron if he’s elected. Mr Trump made the com­ments in an in­ter­view with ITV’s “Good Morn­ing Bri­tain” host Piers Mor­gan, when asked to re­spond to crit­i­cisms made about him by Bri­tish politi­cians. Mr Trump’s com­ments on Is­lam have pro­voked an out­cry in the UK, and prompted Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to de­bate a pro­posal to ban him from the coun­try for hate speech af­ter a pe­ti­tion to do so at­tracted more than 500,000 sig­na­tures. In De­cem­ber, Cameron la­beled the pres­i­den­tial hope­ful’s sug­ges­tion of a tem­po­rary ban on Mus­lims trav­el­ing to the US as “di­vi­sive, stupid and wrong.” Asked about Cameron’s re­marks, Mr Trump said he didn’t care, but then added: “It looks like we’re not going to have a very good re­la­tion­ship. “Who knows, I hope to have a good re­la­tion­ship with him but it sounds like he’s not will­ing to ad­dress the prob­lem ei­ther.” He con­tin­ued: “Num­ber one, I’m not stupid, okay? I can tell you that right now. Just the op­po­site. Num­ber two, in terms of di­vi­sive, I don’t think I’m a di­vi­sive per­son, I’m a uni­fier, un­like our Pres­i­dent now, I’m a uni­fier.” A spokesper­son for Mr Cameron said he had made his views on Mr Trump’s “Mus­lim ban” pro­posal clear and had “noth­ing fur­ther to add.” The Prime Min­is­ter would “work with who­ever is the Pres­i­dent of the United States and he is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing the spe­cial re­la­tion­ship,” the spokesper­son said.

Trump: Khan doesn’t know me

Mr Trump also had words for Sadiq Khan, who be­came the first Mus­lim to hold the of­fice of mayor of Lon­don when he was elected ear­lier this month.

Shortly af­ter tak­ing of­fice, Mr Khan crit­i­cised <r Trump’s views of Is­lam as ig­no­rant -- re­marks that Trump said had of­fended him. The new mayor had been re­spond­ing to a sug­ges­tion from Mr Trump that he would make an “ex­cep­tion” to his pro­posed “tem­po­rary Mus­lim ban” for Khan.

“Let’s take an I.Q. test,” Mr Trump said Mon­day, adding that Mr Khan had never met him and “doesn’t know what I’m all about.” “I think they’re very rude state­ments and frankly, tell him, I will re­mem­ber those state­ments. They’re very nasty state­ments.” A spokesper­son for Khan called Mr Trump’s views “ig­no­rant, di­vi­sive and dan­ger­ous.” “Sadiq has spent his whole life fight­ing ex­trem­ism, but Trump’s re­marks make that fight much harder for us all -- it plays straight into the ex­trem­ists’ hands and makes both our coun­tries less safe,” the spokesper­son said in a state­ment.

Don­ald Trump (left), and Lon­don mayor Sadiq Khan.

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