In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, presidential candidate Donald Trump addressed his recent word war with Prime Minister David Cameron and London mayor Sadiq Khan. Trump said if he wins the presidency the relationship between the United States and Great Britain would not be affected, despite his conflict with the two men.
“Britain’s such a great ally that they went into things that they shouldn’t have gone into — like, as an example, going into Iraq, OK? With me, they’ll always be treated fantastically,” Trump said.
Even with Britain’s plan to exit from the European Union, he said he would “treat everybody fairly.”
“I mean, I’m going to treat everybody fairly, but it wouldn’t make any difference to me whether they were in the EU or not,” Trump continued.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 16, 2016
Unlike President Barack Obama, the presumptive presidential nominee claimed Britain will not be at the “back of the queue.”
Last month, President Obama warned that Britain would be at “the back of the queue” in terms of trade deals with the U.S. in the event it decides to depart from the European Union.
Voters will be deciding on the matter in a referendum scheduled for June 23.
Meanwhile, there is no holding back Donald Trump, as he lashed out at Prime Minister David Cameron for calling him “divisive, stupid and wrong” last December. The statement was made in response to the businessman’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from travelling to the U.S..
Trump has since explained that the ban was merely a suggestion. As such, it “hasn’t been called for yet.”
“It looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship,” the presidential hopeful said. “Who knows, I hope to have a good relationship with him but it sounds like he’s not willing to address the problem either.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 16, 2016
He went on to counter the statements made by the Prime Minister.
“Number one, I’m not stupid, okay? I can tell you that right now. Just the opposite.”
“Number two, in terms of divisive, I don’t think I’m a divisive person, I’m a unifier, unlike our president now, I’m a unifier,” he said.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 16, 2016
The Prime Minister, however, clarified through his spokewoman that the statement he made about Donald Trump was based on the latter’s suggestion regarding a “Muslim ban.” He also said he has “nothing further to add.”
David Cameron reiterated his intention to “work with whoever is the president of the United States and he is committed to maintaining the special relationship,” the spokeswoman added.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, challenged newly-elected London mayor Sadiq Khan to an I.Q. test after the latter criticized the real estate mogul over his suggestion of a “Muslim ban.”
“Let’s take an I.Q. test,” Donald Trump said on Monday. He added that the London mayor “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.”
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 17, 2016
The mayor commented during campaigns that he would be banned from entering the U.S. should the White House contender win. He further said that Donald Trump’s position “plays into the hands of the extremists.”
Sadiq Khan then said through a spokesman that the presumptive presidential nominee’s views are “ignorant, divisive and dangerous.”
“It’s the politics of fear at its worst and will be rejected at the ballot box just as it was in London,” Khan added.
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