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London Mayor Rejects Trump's Muslim 'Exception'

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Britain's newly elected mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to supporters as he arrives for his first day at work at City Hall in London, May 9, 2016.

Britain's newly elected mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to supporters as he arrives for his first day at work at City Hall in London, May 9, 2016.

London's new mayor, Sadiq Khan, has rejected U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's suggestion that Khan could be an exception to Trump's proposed ban on Muslims.

“...Trump's ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe. It risks alienating mainstream Muslims...” Khan wrote on his Twitter account.

“This isn’t just about me. It’s about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world,” Khan said, who become London's first Muslim mayor Sunday.

The presumptive Republican nominee for U.S. president said that Khan could be an exception to his proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

On Monday, Trump told the New York Times that “there will always be exceptions,” after being asked how his proposal to ban Muslims would affect people like Khan.

Khan said Trump's policy directly affects those closest to him and added giving him special treatment is not the answer.

“I was happy to see that. I think it’s a very good thing, and I hope he does a very good job because frankly that would be very, very good,” Trump told the New York Times, in reaction to Khan's election.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Spokane, Washington, May 7, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Spokane, Washington, May 7, 2016.

“I think if he does a great job, it will really — you lead by example, always lead by example. If he does a good job, and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing,” Trump added.

The U.S. election season has been filled with controversial comments directed at Muslims. Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. and also said he would consider shutting down some U.S. mosques.

Khan, of Britain's Labour Party, became the first Muslim to be elected mayor of a major Western capital by beating conservative rival Zac Goldsmith in a bitter campaign for London mayor.

“They used fear and innuendo to try to turn different ethnic and religious groups against each other — something straight out of the Donald Trump playbook,” Khan told the Observer newspaper.

But Khan told Time magazine that he wanted to visit the U.S. to share ideas with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Both are affordable housing advocates. He said he would have to visit before January.

“If Donald Trump becomes the president I’ll be stopped from going there by virtue of my faith, which means I can’t engage with American mayors and swap ideas,” he told Time Magazine.

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