Trump ex­pects bad ties with UK PM af­ter ‘stupid’ com­ment

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON—Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump says he may have a poor re­la­tion­ship with Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron in light of his crit­i­cism of Trump’s call for all Mus­lims to be tem­po­rar­ily banned from en­ter­ing the United States.

Trump’s com­ments, broad­cast Mon­day on ITV’s “Good Morn­ing Bri­tain,” are cer­tain to cause un­ease in Bri­tain, where Amer­ica is seen as the coun­try’s clos­est ally. Cameron has re­fused to re­tract com­ments de­scrib­ing the pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee’s pro­posed Mus­lim ban as “di­vi­sive, stupid and wrong.”

“It looks like we are not go­ing to have a very good re­la­tion­ship,” Trump said in the in­ter­view con­ducted in New York. “Who knows, I hope to have a good re­la­tion­ship with him but he’s not will­ing to ad­dress the prob­lem ei­ther.”

In the in­ter­view con­ducted Satur­day, Trump also de­scribes Lon­don’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, as “rude” for call­ing him ig­no­rant. The real es­tate ty­coon said he would “re­mem­ber” the mayor’s hos­tile re­ac­tion to the idea that Khan, a Mus­lim, would be given an ex­cep­tion to the tem­po­rary ban. “He doesn’t know me, hasn’t met me, doesn’t know what I’m all about. I think they were very rude state­ments and, frankly, tell him I will re­mem­ber those state­ments,” Trump said. “They are very nasty state­ments.”

Trump de­nied he was “at war” with Khan. “I just think it’s very rude of him. In fact it’s the op­po­site,” he said. “I wished him well when I heard he won, he’s a Mus­lim, I think it’s ig­no­rant for him to say that.”In the in­ter­view con­ducted Satur­day, Trump also de­scribes Lon­don’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, as “rude” for call­ing him ig­no­rant. The real es­tate ty­coon said he would “re­mem­ber” the mayor’s hos­tile re­ac­tion to the idea that Khan, a Mus­lim, would be given an ex­cep­tion to the tem­po­rary ban.

Khan’s of­fice re­sponded with out­rage to the re­marks and said Amer­i­can vot­ers will re­ject Trump’s views. “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,” his of­fice said in a state­ment.—Agen­cies

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