Donald Trump and the newly elected mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, have exchanged a ‘perfect’ series of testy remarks regarding Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Trump first made such a ‘modest proposal’ in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris carried out by Islamic State extremists last fall. You can watch the video of Trump’s remarks below. He continues to stand by them when pressed.
As Khan, who is Muslim, noted, implementing such a policy would prevent him from entering America, thereby restricting a democratically elected world leader from coming to the United States.
Well, Trump, of course, did not take the opportunity to even pretend to go back on his policy proposal. No, instead, he just said that “of course there will be exceptions,” and that Khan would be one of them. He said that would be conditional, though, on him doing a good job as mayor. No, really. Read his comments below. He is speaking if the prospect of Khan entering the United States.
‘I think if he does a great job, it will really — you lead by example, always lead by example. If he does a good job and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing,’
Khan wasn’t interested in a personal exception. He responded saying that he would reject the offer to be an “exception.” He said, according to CNN,
‘That’s not really the point. It’s about all of my friends, my family, and all those who share my faith around the world. [Trump’s] position plays into the hands of extremists by alienating mainstream Muslims.’
You can watch that special report from CNN below.
This row is a premonition of what some observers worry will happen should Trump actually become president. According to some, Trump is “already affecting America’s diplomatic ties.” Transplanting the kind of interpersonal relations Trump has displayed during the campaign could be disastrous for America’s standing int he world. Imagine if Trump decided to tweet an image critical of the wife of the North Korean Supreme Leader?
For the record, the former mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was harshly critical of outgoing President Barack Obama. In an editorial published in Britain’s the Sun, Johnson called Obama “part-Kenyan,” “incoherent,” “inconsistent,” and “downright hypocritical.” The first moniker evoked accusations of racism on the part of the now former London mayor.