On Sunday, Mayor Sadiq Khan of London criticized President Trump by claiming he’s enabling the same rhetoric of ISIS when he implies that there is discord between Western civilization and Muslims.
The statement was made by Khan during a Guardian Live event, at which he labeled Trump’s ban on Muslim-majority countries counterproductive. “My view, firstly, I’m not exceptional, and secondly, think about what you are saying, because what you are saying is not dissimilar to what Daesh or so-called IS says,” Khan stated. “They say that there is a clash of civilizations, [that] it is not possible to be a Muslim and a westerner, and [that] the West hates us. And, you are inadvertently playing their game … you are helping them.”
The left-leaning mayor also called out his own country for its invitation to host Trump, opining that Prime Minister Theresa May’s planned event this autumn with the U.S. leader is “wrong” and saying that he “sometimes thinks people are ignorant.”
Previously, in June, Khan and Trump verbally sparred following a terror attack in London.
Trump initially lambasted Khan for a post-attack quote in which the mayor claimed there was “no reason to be alarmed.” Khan’s comment was in the context of a broader quote regarding a bolstered police presence, but Trump suggested the mayor was attempting to downplay the terror attack itself.
In response to Trump’s remarks, Khan’s office wrote in an official statement that the mayor “has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police — including armed officers — on the streets.”
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