The presumptive candidate of the Republican Party in the United States Presidential election, Donald Trump, has reacted to criticism from Britain’s leaders by describing himself as “not stupid” and a “unifier.”
Trump made the comments during an exclusive interview with ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” host Piers Morgan, on Monday, when asked to respond to criticisms made about him by British politicians.
Donald Trump made the comments hard on the heels of what he described as “very rude statements” made about him by London’s new Mayor, Sadiq Khan, thereby warning that he may not have a good relationship with British Prime Minister David Cameron if he’s elected.
It would be recalled in December 2015, the UK PM had called the Republican hopeful “stupid, divisive and wrong” over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.
The grapevines have it that Cameron stood by his criticism on Trump, but stated his readiness to work with whoever is elected US president.
CNN gathered that a spokeswoman for Cameron also confirmed that he had made his views on Trump’s “Muslim ban” proposal clear and had “nothing further to add.”
However, Trump, who is always not in a politically friendly mood, told Good Morning Britain that “it looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship,” if he were to win the presidential election in November.
“Number one, I’m not stupid, OK? I can tell you that right now — just the opposite,” he told Morgan, the former CNN talk-show host. “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.”
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.
The US presidential contender said he would not forgive Mr Khan for calling him “ignorant” – and challenged the Mayor to take part in an IQ test, an offer mocked by Mr Khan’s team.
Meanwhile, BBC reported that Trump said he was not anti-Muslim but “anti-terror”, saying “we have a real problem and we have to discuss it”, as he called on Muslims to work with the people and “turn people in” that they suspected of extremism.
“I have many Muslim friends,” he said. “I was with one the other day, one of the most successful men, he’s Muslim and he said, ‘Donald you have done us such a favour, you have brought out a problem that nobody wants to talk about’.”