TRUMP FURORE :
Islam comment provokes outcry
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.