London mayor: Trump's Muslim ban shows ignorance, aids extremists

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslims from the United States reflects his "ignorant view of Islam" and could make the world less safe by "alienating mainstream Muslims," London's first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, said on Tuesday.

Trump's campaign first announced in December that the bombastic billionaire was calling for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" in the wake of a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, and he has since refused to back down from the stance.

Responding to Khan's election as London mayor last week, Trump told the New York Times on Monday that "there will always be exceptions" to his proposed ban on Muslims.

"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 told London's Evening Standard newspaper.

"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," he said.

"Donald Trump and those around him think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam - London has proved him wrong."

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25
Author: 

More from Europe

One dead after central Italy hit by series of quakes

One person was killed on Wednesday when a building collapsed during four powerful quakes that shook central Italy on...

Boris Johnson compares French president to WWII prison guard

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday compared Francois Hollande to a World War II prison guard after...

Merkel pledges to hold Europe together after Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Wednesday to hold the European Union together after Britain's planned...

Slovenia looks to capitalize on its connection to Melania Trump

As Donald Trump campaigned for the Oval Office, his Slovenian-born wife Melania did not receive much love and...

EC recommends Croatia's gradual integration into Schengen Information System

The European Commission on Wednesday made a recommendation to the Council of the European Union to gradually...