Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sadiq Goes to War on Trump; Mayor Accuses 'Ignorant' U.S. Billionaire of Fuelling Extremism Khan's Election Is a 'Very British Triumph over Trump's Kind of Hate' Labour MPs Attack US Tycoon's Latest Remarks as 'Offensive and Ridiculous'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sadiq Goes to War on Trump; Mayor Accuses 'Ignorant' U.S. Billionaire of Fuelling Extremism Khan's Election Is a 'Very British Triumph over Trump's Kind of Hate' Labour MPs Attack US Tycoon's Latest Remarks as 'Offensive and Ridiculous'

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Byline: Pippa Crerar, Joe Murphy and David Gardner in Los Angeles

SADIQ KHAN launched a furious attack on Donald Trump today and accused the "ignorant" billionaire of fuelling extremism with his anti-Muslim comments.

London's new Mayor used his emphatic election victory to deliver a powerful public rebuke to the New York Republican who is vying to become US president. He said Mr Trump was making both Britain and America "less safe" and playing "into the hands of the extremists".

The clash was sparked when Mr Trump declared that he could make Mr Khan an "exception" to his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States. The Labour politician replied with a brutal slap-down that carried all the weight of his mandate from Londoners.

The Mayor told the Evening Standard: "Donald Trump's ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists. This isn't just about me it's about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world. Donald Continued on Page 6 Continued from Page 1 Trump and those around him think that Western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam London has proved him wrong."

Despite outrage at his stance, which Mr Trump adopted following last year's Paris terror attacks that left 130 people dead, he has refused to soften it. Giving his first reaction to the election of a Muslim as leader of the world's greatest city, the tycoon said: "There will always be exceptions."

On the London election results, Mr Trump said: "I was happy to see that," adding: "I think it's a very good thing 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."

Labour MPs condemned Mr Trump's comments as "offensive posturing" and "frankly ridiculous".

Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, said: "Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from the United States has proven to be as farcical in practice, as it is dangerous in the message it sends out.

"The election of Sadiq Khan was a very British triumph over the kind of hate Trump espouses. The indiscriminate way in which Trump demonises Muslims is as offensive as it is ludicrous. …

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