TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The first Muslim mayor of the British capital city has been engaged in a row with the New York billionaire, who has called for a “total and complete shutdown” of US borders to Muslims.
“My view was firstly ‘I’m not exceptional’ and secondly ‘Think about what you are saying.’ Because what you are saying is not dissimilar to what Daesh or so-called ISIL says,” he said during a Guardian Live event at the Labour party conference in Brighton on Sunday. “You are inadvertently playing their game, you are helping them.”
Khan made the comments as Trump was weighing replacement to his controversial executive order to bar travel to the United States from several majority Muslim countries.
His updated ban also included North Korea and Venezuela while it got rid of Sudan.
“There are some people who want to divide our communities – I’m not going to let them,” Khan said.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and his wife Saadiya Khan sit in the Royal box on Centre Court after the men's singles final match on the last day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Trump’s comments against the Labour mayor has even irked Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, who has always highlighted the UK-US special relationship.