Sadiq Khan, London’s new Muslim mayor, is on a five-day trip to the United States and Canada, trying to prove that he isn’t changing anything and London is still “open for business.”
One strategy is courting baseball – Khan wants to bring the game to London. He plans to meet with Major League Baseball chief Rob Manfred to discuss it while he’s in the U.S.
The New York Mets gave him the honor of throwing the first pitch at their game Sunday at Citi Field against the Minnesota Twins. Khan put on a Mets jersey for the occasion, and tweeted about it afterwards.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) September 18, 2016
Khan is not making an attempt to build a relationship with Republican nominee Donald Trump, however. While in Chicago Friday, meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Khan took a jab at Trump, saying Trump represented the views of extremists by trying to say that mainstream believers in the Muslim religion cannot hold Western values.
“Well there’s rumors circulating that one of the reasons why I was keen to come to the USA before January, was because I would not be allowed after January. I’ve been told that’s no longer his policy, but look — we have shown in America, London and elsewhere, it’s possible to be a mainstream Muslim and to hold Western liberal values. It’s not incompatible to be a Westerner and to be a Muslim,” Khan said.
He went further, in a clear slam on Trump, while promoting Hillary Clinton:
“I think it’s important for those of us who are foreigners to stay out of the U.S. elections. I hope the best candidate wins and I hope she does win with a stomping majority,” Khan said to reporters in Chicago.
Khan is also scheduled to meet with Canadian prime ministers Justin Trudeau during his North American tour.
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