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Donald Trump has said London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan will be exempt from his plan to ban Muslims entering the United States.
The presumptive GOP nominee first announced his controversial plans to bar all non-American Muslims from entering the US in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terror attacks last December.
But after Khan was voted in as the first Muslim mayor of London last week, the real estate billionaire has announced he will allow ‘exceptions’ to the ban and insisted he was ‘happy’ to see him win.
Khan, who also became the first Muslim mayor of any major European capital, immediately rejected Trump’s apparent attempt to mend fences.
‘Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe,’ he said this morning, adding: London has proved him wrong.’
Yesterday Khan said he was planning to visit the US before this year’s presidential elections in November ‘in case Donald Trump wins.’
But Trump, asked whether his proposal to ban Muslims would affect the new London Mayor, said: ‘There will always be exceptions’.
In an interview with the New York Times he said he was happy to see Khan – the son of a Pakistani migrant bus driver – become the first Muslim mayor of a western capital because he can ‘lead by example’.
‘I think if he does a great job, it will really — you lead by example, always lead by example,’ Trump added. ‘If he does a good job and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing.’
Trump’s pledge to ban Muslims from entering the US triggered a huge petition in Britain calling on the Government to ban him from entering the country.
More than half a million people in the UK backed the move, prompting MPs to debate the proposal in Parliament, but the Government said Britain should instead invite him to visit so the whole country could ‘unite against him’.