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London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan would welcome presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to London to “educate” him about Islam and its compatibility with Western values.
In an interview with NBC News on Friday, the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver said Trump’s “ignorant” views on Islam were “inadvertently playing into the hands of extremists” who prey on young Muslims.
“To suggest that it’s incompatible to be Western and to be Muslim is, I think, really, really risky,” Khan said during a visit to a London elementary school.
Real-estate mogul and reality TV star Trump in December suggested a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. after a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino that officials said was inspired by ISIS.
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Trump’s proposal triggered widespread criticism and condemnation from global political and religious leaders.
“I want Donald Trump to come to London so I can introduce myself to him as a mainstream Muslim, very, very comfortable with Western liberal values, but also introduce him to hundreds of thousands, dare I say millions of Muslims in this country, who love being British, love being Western.”
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“I want to educate Donald Trump. I want to show him that you can be Muslim and be Western,” said Khan, who was sworn-in on May 7.
Trump this week said his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. was “only a suggestion” and told the New York Times that he was “happy” about Khan’s election.
He also told the Times that the Khan could be an exception to the ban.
Khan has rejected Trump’s exemption, and said he will try to visit the U.S. before the November presidential election.
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