London's Muslim Mayor Rejects Trump's 'Ignorant View'

After Trump says he'd make an exception to his travel ban
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2016 7:06 AM CDT
Sadiq Khan is greeted by well wishers outside City Hall in London on Monday.   (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
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(Newser) – If he becomes president, Donald Trump suggests he'd make an exception to his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US for London's new Muslim mayor. Trump tells the New York Times that Sadiq Khan's election is "a very good thing," and "if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing." As to how his proposed ban would affect the mayor, who has said he wants to visit the mayors of New York and Chicago to trade ideas, "there will always be exceptions," he adds. Khan's response: No thanks.

"This isn't just about me—it's about my friends, my family, and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine," he says, per the BBC. "Trump's ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe—it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays in to the hands of the extremists." The former human rights lawyer previously joked that he'd have to arrive before any Trump inauguration, per the Washington Post—though "I'm confident that Donald Trump's approach to politics won't win in America," he tells Time. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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