May 10, 2016
London's New Mayor Attacks Trump, Who Praises The Election of Openly Muslim Politician
Photo: AP; Reuters
Newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan slammed Donald Trump on Tuesday, after the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said the Brit would likely be exempt from his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US.
“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,” according to a statement from Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants.
The London pol has repeatedly assailed Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States — a prohibition which, in theory, would bar Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, from coming to American shores.
“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,” Khan said.
He continued: “Donald Trump and those around him think that Western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam — London has proved him wrong.”
Trump said Monday he was “happy” that Khan was elected.
“I think it’s a very good thing,” the mogul said. “I hope he does a very good job because, frankly, that would be very, very good.”