- Cameron called proposed Muslim ban ‘stupid’ and ‘divisive’
- Presumptive Republican Party nominee says ‘I’m a unifier’
Donald Trump said he’d be unlikely to have “a very good relationship” with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who has called the presidential candidate’s proposal of a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. “divisive, stupid and wrong.”
Cameron made those comments last year, when the U.K. government saw no prospect of having to deal with a President Trump. After Trump became the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee at the start of the month, Cameron said he should be treated with “respect,” but stuck with his criticism of Trump’s attitude toward Muslims.
“It looks like we are not going to have a very good relationship,” Trump told ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” program. “Who knows, I hope to have a good relationship with him but he’s not willing to address the problem either.”
Trump said he was neither “stupid” nor “divisive.” He told the show: “I’m a unifier, unlike our president now, I’m a unifier.”
Cameron’s office said that the prime minister stands by his comments on Trump’s policy on Muslims but is committed to maintaining the “special relationship” between Britain and the U.S.
“The prime minister’s been clear he will work with whoever is the president of the United States,” spokesman Dan York-Smith told reporters in London on Monday. However, “he continues to believe that preventing Muslims from entering the U.S. is divisive, stupid and wrong,” York-Smith said.
Trump was also unimpressed by Sadiq Khan, who was elected London mayor this month, becoming the most powerful Muslim in British history. Khan described Trump’s views of Islam as “ignorant.”
“He doesn’t know me, hasn’t met me, doesn’t know what I’m all about,” Trump said. “I think they were very rude statements and, frankly, tell him I will remember those statements. They are very nasty statements. 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.”