RNA - 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.
Trump’s comments against the Labour mayor has even irked Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, who has always highlighted the UK-US special relationship.
On Friday, the president received policy recommendations from acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and was briefed by other administration officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a White House aide told Reuters.
His former ban on travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, enacted in March, expired on Sunday evening.
Trump has on several occasions spoken against Muslims but he is also unpopular among other US minorities such Hispanics and African Americans.