The newly elected mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is in a politically unfriendly mood as he has criticised Donald Trump’s stance on Islam, describing it as “ignorant” and warning it could make both the United Kingdom and the United States “less safe.”
Khan, the capital’s first Muslim mayor made the comments on Tuesday after the US Presidential candidate hinted that the Londoner would be exempted from his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.
“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,” Khan said.
“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.”
“Donald Trump and those around him think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam — London has proved him wrong.”
“I think to try and look for differences, to try and turn communities against each other is not conducive to living successfully and amicably,” Khan told TIME magazine in an interview published on Monday.
If Trump wins the U.S. election, Khan said, “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.”
It would be recalled, Trump, a strong candidate for the supreme position of the United States had told the New York Times on Monday that he was “happy” that Khan had been elected mayor of London.
When asked by the newspaper how his proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the country would affect Khan, Trump replied:
“There will always be exceptions.”
“I was happy to see that,” he said, referring to Khan’s win.
“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.”