Donald Trump stated during an interview with ITV's Piers Morgan that London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, made some “very rude” statements about him — and he doesn't think he will have good relationship with him or the British PM David Cameron.
Shortly after Khan took office, he criticized Trump’s ban against Muslims in the United States and called the presumptive GOP nominee “ignorant, divisive and dangerous” over his views on Islam. The statements rankled Trump, especially after he had announced his decision to make Khan an exception to the Muslim ban.
“Well, when he won I wished him well, now I don’t care about him…. Let's take an IQ test," Trump said, somewhat mystifyingly, as no one was talking about anyone's IQ. “[Khan] doesn't know what I'm all about. I think they're very rude statements and frankly, tell him, I will remember those statements. They're very nasty statements.”
Khan has responded to Trump’s statement by repeating his previous criticism of Trump’s rhetoric and claiming it plays "straight into the extremists' hands and makes both our countries less safe."
The London mayor isn’t the only one Trump has challenged to an IQ test. In July, the GOP front-runner said that then-presidential rival Rick Perry “should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”
Khan isn't the only British politician Trump has issues with.
In the same vein, PM David Cameron spoke about Trump’s xenophobic stance toward immigrants and called the proposal to halt immigration as “stupid and wrong.”
“It looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship,” Trump said to Morgan in the interview. “I hope to have a good relationship with him, but it sounds like he’s not willing to address the problem either.”
In the interview, Trump also stated his views about U.K. exiting the European Union and said he didn’t think it would harm the country's standing with the United States — a statement that is in direct contradiction with Obama’s dire warning that such a move would put U.K. at the “back of the queue.”
“Britain’s been a great ally,” Trump said. “With me, they’ll always be treated fantastically.”
Except, apparently, if anyone dares criticize his radical positions.
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