- Trump said Friday he was invited to visit 10 Downing Street
- British PM reiterates that Trump’s Muslims stance is divisive
British Prime Minister David Cameron said he’d be “very happy” to meet with Donald Trump before the U.S. election, though he still thinks the presumptive Republican presidential candidate’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. is divisive and dangerous.
“American presidential candidates have made a habit of coming through Europe and through the U.K., and so if that happens I’d be very happy to” meet with Trump, Cameron said in an interview with Robert Peston on ITV. Cameron said he doesn’t know whether he will meet Trump before the election, though Trump said Friday that Cameron’s office invited him to visit.
Trump and Cameron have clashed over the billionaire real-estate mogul’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., which the British leader last year declared to be “divisive, stupid and wrong.” Trump retorted last week that Cameron isn’t “willing to address the problem” and it’s unlikely they’ll have a “very good relationship.”
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.
“I don’t withdraw in any way what I said about the policy of not letting Muslims into America,” Cameron said Sunday. “I do think that is wrong and divisive.”
“We’ve got to demonstrate that what we’re up against here is a very small minority of a minority,” extremists who want to “divide our societies.” Vast numbers of devout Muslims “believe in liberal democracy and all the things we believe in,” he added.