Trump hits back at British prime minister over Muslim ban

"It looks like we're not going to have a very good relationship,” Trump said, referring to British Prime Minister David Cameron.


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LONDON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said that he and British Prime Minister David Cameron may not have a good relationship if he becomes president.

Trump made the statement in response to Cameron calling his proposal to ban Muslims from the United States as “divisive, stupid and wrong,” in an interview with Piers Morgan, a host of ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) show that aired Monday.

“It looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship,” Trump said. “I hope to have a good relationship with him, but it sounds like he’s not willing to address the problem either.”

Trump told GMB he didn’t “care” about Sadiq Khan, the new mayor of London and the first Muslim to hold the role. Khan, who was elected earlier this month, last week rejected a statement by Trump that he could be an “exception” to the Muslim ban. “Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe,” Khan said at the time.

“He doesn’t know me, hasn’t met me, doesn’t know what I’m all about. I think they were very rude statements and, frankly, tell him I will remember those statements. They are very nasty statements,” Trump told GMB.

“When he won I wished him well. Now, I don’t care about him, I mean, it doesn’t make any difference to me, let’s see how he does, let’s see if he’s a good mayor.“

He also challenged Khan to an IQ test.

A spokesperson for Khan on Monday said that Trump’s views were ignorant, divisive and dangerous. Ignorance is not the same thing as lack of intelligence, the spokesperson added.

President Obama said Britain would be at “the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the U.S. if it voted to leave the EU, during a visit to London last month. Britons will vote on whether to remain in the 28-member bloc on June 23.

“If I were from Britain, I would probably not want (the EU).” Trump told GMB. He described the bloc as “a disaster” and “very bureaucratic and very difficult.”

“Britain’s been a great ally. With me, they’ll always be treated fantastically,” he said.

“I am going to treat everybody fairly but it wouldn’t make any difference to me whether they were in the EU or not. You would certainly not be back of the queue, that I can tell you.”