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LONDON:Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Monday indicated that he may end up having a bad relationship with David Cameron after the British Prime Minister criticised his controversial proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States as “divisive, stupid and wrong.”
“It looks like we are not going to have a very good relationship,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said.
Hopes to have good relation
“Who knows, I hope to have a good relationship with him [Mr. Cameron] but he’s not willing to address the problem either.”
Mr. Cameron has refused to retract comments he made about the American billionaire tycoon’s temporary ban proposal, which he had branded as “divisive, stupid and wrong.”
“I’m a unifier, unlike Obama”
In an interview with Britain’s ITV television, Mr. Trump responded to his criticism: “Number one, I’m not stupid, I can tell you that right now, just the opposite. I don’t think I’m a divisive person, I’m a unifier, unlike our President now.”
Mr. Trump’s comments are likely to cause unease among Britons about their ties with their closest ally, the U.S.
This barb against Sadiq Khan
Mr. Trump (69) also went on to take a dig at the newly-elected Muslim mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who had snubbed Mr. Trump’s offer of making him an exception to his Muslim ban plan.
“When he [Khan] won, I wished him well. Now, I don’t care about him, I mean it doesn’t make any difference to me, let’s see how he does, let’s see if he’s a good mayor,” he said.
I will remember his nasty statements
In reference to a question about Mr. Khan’s comments branding Mr. Trump as having an “ignorant view of Islam could make both of our countries less safe — it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of extremists,” he added: “He doesn’t know me, hasn’t met me, doesn’t know what I’m all about.
Asked if he was offended by Mr. Khan’s public denouncement, he replied: “Yeah, I am.”
However, soon after the telecast a spokesperson for Mr. Khan reiterated the London Mayor’s stand against Mr. Trump.
London Mayor’s office raps politics of fear
“Donald Trump’s views are ignorant, divisive and dangerous — it’s the politics of fear at its worst and will be rejected at the ballot box just as it was in London. Sadiq has spent his whole life fighting extremism, but Mr. 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 spokesperson said.
Trump for Brexit
Mr. Trump is also at odds with the U.K. government stand in favour of staying in the European Union (EU). In direct contrast to U.S. President Barack Obama’s call for Britain to vote “Remain” in the June 23 referendum, Mr. Trump favours “Leave.”
He said: “A lot of the migration and a lot of the acceptance of people is because of the European Union, I think that’s been a disaster. I think if I was from Britain I would want to go back to a different system. I’ve dealt with the European Union and it’s very bureaucratic. Personally, in terms of Britain I would say, what do you need it for?”
Mr. Trump looks set to battle for the White House against Democrat Hillary Clinton after he won many of the key primaries in the U.S.