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Trump warning over UK relationship

Do Not UseDo Not Use 16/05/2016
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Donald Trump has warned he may not have a "very good relationship" with UK Prime Minister David Cameron if he wins the US presidency.

Mr Cameron has called the Republican hopeful "stupid, divisive and wrong" over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.

Speaking on ITV, Mr Trump also said he would not forgive London Mayor Sadiq Khan for calling him "ignorant".

Spokespeople for Mr Cameron and Mr Khan said they stood by their comments.

Last year, Mr Trump, who has beaten his rivals to become the presumptive Republican candidate, called for a temporary halt to all Muslims entering the US in the wake of the deadly terror attack in San Bernardino, California.

He said many Muslims nursed a "hatred" towards America and a ban should be in force "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on".

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Responding to Mr Trump's comments at the time, Mr Cameron said: "I think his remarks are divisive, stupid and wrong and I think if he came to visit our country I think it'd unite us all against him."

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain earlier on Monday, Mr Trump said: "It looks like we're not going to have a very good relationship, who knows.

"I hope to have a good relationship with him, but it sounds like he's not willing to address the problem either."

He also criticised what he called the "very rude statements" made about him by Sadiq Khan - the first Muslim to be elected Mayor of London - after Mr Trump said suggested he would make an "exception" to the ban for the London mayor.

Mr Khan dismissed Mr Trump's offer and accused the US presidential hopeful of holding "ignorant" views of Islam which "could make both our countries less safe" by playing in to the hands of extremists.

Responding, Mr Trump told ITV: "I am offended, he doesn't know me. They are very rude statements. I think it's ignorant of him to say that."

He also challenged Mr Khan to an IQ test.

But as the public spat between the two men continued, a spokesman for Mr Khan said US voters would reject Mr Trump's "ignorant, divisive and dangerous" views.

He said there were "no plans" to seek direct talks with Mr Trump and mocked his IQ challenge, saying: "Ignorance is not the same thing as lack of intelligence."

'Back of the queue'

Mr Trump, who is the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party after pushing out more than a dozen rivals during the US primary season to be a candidate in the race for the White House, reiterated that he backed the UK leaving the European Union.

In contrast to US President Barack Obama, who has warned that an EU exit would leave the UK at the "back of the queue" in trade talks, Mr Trump said he did not think it would harm the UK's trade position.

"It wouldn't make any difference to me whether they were in the EU or not," he said. "They certainly wouldn't be back of the queue, that I can tell you."

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson told ITV's Good Morning Britain that it "can't be good" if Mr Trump were to be elected as US president in November.

"I'd agree with that. I have huge and infinite faith in the American people that he won't be," she said.

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