Sadiq Khan, the new mayor of London today, criticized 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, who won last week made him the first Muslim mayor of any Western capital, made the comments after Trump suggested the Londoner would be exempt from his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.
He said, “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”.
He rejected Trump’s suggestion that he could be an exception to the proposed Muslim travel ban, saying: “This isn’t just about me, it is about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world”.
The statement continued: “Donald Trump and those around him think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam, London has proved him wrong”.