Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Khan: It's No Secret That I'm Not a Fan of Trump but I Wish Him Well

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Khan: It's No Secret That I'm Not a Fan of Trump but I Wish Him Well

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Byline: Pippa Crerar, Sophia Sleigh and Matt Watts

SADIQ KHAN today challenged Donald Trump to heal wounds of the most divisive election campaign in American history.

The Mayor said: "It's no secret that I'm no fan of Donald Trump or the way he has conducted his campaign, but he has clearly won the US presidential election. The campaign divided America and the world and emotions are understandably running high.

"I hope Donald Trump will now do everything in his power to unite people and bring divided communities back together. I wish him well."

Early signs indicated Mr Trump would try to build bridges with groups including Democrats, Hispanics, blacks and women whom he regularly insulted during the campaign. He and Mr Khan have had a difficult relationship since the tycoon called for Muslims to be banned from the US in December. Mr Khan accused him of making the world "less safe" and was vocal in his support for Hillary Clinton. But US ambassador Matthew Barzun insisted the relationship between London and Washington government, the military, intelligence, trade, students and tourists was "incredibly strong". He said: "The special relationship lives in each and every one of those strands... this relationship is unbreakable and unshakable."

Tony Travers, professor of government at LSE, said: "This is a result which will shock London's political class just as much as Washington's or New York's. The real challenge, as with Brexit, will be the months or years of uncertainty that may lie ahead." Londoners watching the result unfold at an election party hosted by CNN and the Evening Standard expressed their disappointment as Mr Trump edged closer to victory. David Dimbleby, Justice Secretary Liz Truss and Made In Chelsea stars were among hundreds of guests at Marylebone's Seymour Leisure Centre for the event, which featured marching bands and cheerleaders. …

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