Will make exception to London Mayor in proposed ban on entry of Muslims: Trump

Updated - September 12, 2016 12:53 pm IST

Published - May 10, 2016 10:15 am IST - Washington

Britain's newly elected mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to supporters as he arrives for his first day at work at City Hall in London, on Monday.

Britain's newly elected mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to supporters as he arrives for his first day at work at City Hall in London, on Monday.

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has said as U.S. President he would make an exception to London’s first Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan in his proposed temporary ban on the entry of Muslims to the U.S. and hoped that the Labour leader would set an example.

“I was happy to see that. I think it’s a very good thing, and I hope he does a very good job because frankly that would be very, very good,” Mr. Trump told The New York Times when asked about the election of Mr. Khan as the new London mayor.

Mr. Khan, who has been critical of Mr. Trump’s policies, had said he would not be able to travel to the U.S. if the 69-year-old tycoon was elected as the president of the U.S.

But Mr. Trump stated otherwise, when asked about it.

“There will always be exceptions,” he said.

“...frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing,” Mr. Trump said.

On Sunday, Pakistani-origin Mr. Khan had accused British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ruling Conservative party of using “fear and innuendo” in a bid to turn religious and ethnic groups against each other during the mayoral campaign and said the tactics were straight out of the “Donald Trump playbook."

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