Will meet Trump despite his dangerous views on Muslims: Cameron

  • PTI, London
  • Updated: May 25, 2016 14:36 IST
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (C) and former deputy Labour party leader Harriet Harman (L) speak to an Asda employee as they visit an Asda supermarket, to campaign ahead of the forthcoming EU referendum. (REUTERS)

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday said he would be very happy to meet Donald Trump if the controversial presumptive Republican presidential nominee were to travel to the UK despite his “dangerous” views on Muslims.

Cameron was being interviewed by British television channel ITV’s ‘Peston on Sunday’ show when he was asked if he would meet Trump, 69.

“I don’t know. American presidential candidates have made a habit of coming through Europe and through the UK, and if that happens I’d be very happy to,” Cameron, 49, said.

But he repeated his claim that Trump’s proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US is wrong.

“It’s a very dangerous thing to say... as well as a divisive and wrong one,” he said.

“I don’t withdraw in any way what I said about the policy of not letting Muslims in to America. I do think that is wrong and divisive.

“We’ve got to demonstrate that what we’re up against here is a very small minority of a minority, Islamist extremists, that want to divide our societies, and we’ve got to explain that there are billions of people in our world who are devout Muslims but who believe in liberal democracy and all the things we believe in,” Cameron said.

Cameron has previously said he will work with the winner of November’s election and is committed to maintaining the US-UK relationship, after Trump indicated that the two may not have a “very good relationship”.

Trump has suggested a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the US “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on”.

Earlier this week, Trump indicated that he may end up having a bad relationship with Cameron after the British leader criticised his controversial proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US as “divisive, stupid and wrong”.

A petition has been signed by half a million people in Britain, demanding Trump be banned from the country. Though lawmakers have debated the issue, they have rejected a ban. PTI AK CPS AKJ CPS

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