Sadiq Khan has only just stepped into office as London’s new mayor, but he’s already managed to take a shot at Donald Trump.
The Republican windbag, and the party’s presumptive presidential candidate, caused controversy in the wake of last November’s Paris terror attacks after suggesting Muslims should be temporarily banned from entering the US.
Trump told the New York Times that “there will always be exceptions” when quizzed about Labour’s Khan coming to the US after winning London’s mayoral race.
“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,” Trump said of Khan’s election victory.
Khan himself has fired back, telling The Guardian that Trump was “ignorant”.
“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 – it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists.
“Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe.”
“Donald Trump and those around him think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam – London has proved him wrong.”
Speaking to Time yesterday, Khan chastised the Conservative party for using the “Donald Trump playbook” and suggested that the mogul’s tactics won’t lead him to the White House in 2017.
“Clearly [I’ll visit] before January in case Donald Trump wins… Hope, I think, is a good way of persuading people to vote for you, energise and enthuse people. I think to try and look for differences, to try and turn communities against each other is not conducive to living successfully and amicably,” he explained.
“I want to go to America to meet with and engage with American mayors. 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.
“Conservative tacticians thought those sorts of tactics would win London and they were wrong. I’m confident that Donald Trump’s approach to politics won’t win in America.”
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