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Cameron stands by his criticism of Trump: “stupid, divisive and wrong”

Tuesday, May 17th 2016 - 07:16 UTC
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UK PM has called the Republican hopeful “stupid, divisive and wrong” over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US. UK PM has called the Republican hopeful “stupid, divisive and wrong” over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.
Trump replied by warning he may not have a “very good relationship” with Mr Cameron if he enters the White House. Trump replied by warning he may not have a “very good relationship” with Mr Cameron if he enters the White House.

Downing Street has said that Prime Minister David Cameron stands by his criticism of Donald Trump but will work with whoever is elected US president. UK PM has called the Republican hopeful “stupid, divisive and wrong” over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.

 Trump replied by warning he may not have a “very good relationship” with Mr Cameron if he enters the White House. He is also involved in a spat with new London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The US presidential contender said he would not forgive Khan for calling him “ignorant”, and challenged the Mayor to take part in an IQ test, an offer mocked by Khan's team.

Last year, Trump, who has beaten his rivals to become the presumptive Republican candidate, called for a temporary halt to all Muslims entering the US in the wake of the deadly terror attack in San Bernardino, California.

He said many Muslims nursed a “hatred” towards America and a ban should be in force “until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on”.

Responding to Trump's comments at the time, Cameron said: “I think his remarks are divisive, stupid and wrong and I think if he came to visit our country I think it'd unite us all against him.”

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain earlier on Monday, Trump said: “It looks like we're not going to have a very good relationship, who knows.

”I hope to have a good relationship with him, but it sounds like he's not willing to address the problem either.“

Trump said he was not anti-Muslim but ”anti-terror“, saying ”we have a real problem and we have to discuss it“, as he called on Muslims to work with the people and ”turn people in“ that they suspected of extremism.

”I have many Muslim friends,“ he said. ”I was with one the other day, one of the most successful men, he's Muslim and he said, 'Donald you have done us such a favor, you have brought out a problem that nobody wants to talk about'.“

David Cameron's official spokesman was asked about Trump's suggestion that they might not have a good relationship following the Republican candidate's latest comments.

”The prime minister has made his views on Donald Trump's comments very clear. He disagrees with them and I haven't got anything further to add,“ said the spokesman.

”He continues to believe that preventing Muslims from entering the US is divisive, stupid and wrong.“

The Number 10 spokesman said that Mr Cameron was ”committed to maintaining the special relationship“ whoever wins the presidential election. ”He has been clear that he will work with whoever is president of the United States,” said the spokesman.

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  • Skip

    I think the US will save plenty of money to help with its debt when it doesn't need to fund presidential visits overseas. LOL

    May 17th, 2016 - 07:30 am 0
  • Englander

    Both inherited loads of dosh and entered politics.
    One is an average glib PR man and the other an extremely successful, multi billionaire businessman.

    May 17th, 2016 - 05:27 pm 0
  • Briton

    Cameron stands ?
    but for how long.

    May 17th, 2016 - 06:50 pm 0
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