Sadiq Khan has said Donald Trump is “playing into the hands of Daesh” after appearing to back Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign during his five-day tour of North America.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Why would the anti-Brexit, pro-Sharia Law Muslim of Mayor of London want to come to America to help campaign for Hillary Clinton? Because the pro-migrant globalists like George Soros who back her told him to, that’s why. Talk about a revealing endorsement, yikes.
During his 45-minute speech before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on Thursday, Mr Khan attacked anti-Muslim views and policies and argued that what is needed is to build “bridges rather than walls” –a reference to Mr Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
“We play straight into the hands of those who seek to divide us, of extremists and terrorists around the world, when we imply that it is not possible to hold Western values and to be a Muslim,” Mr Khan said.
Mr Khan did not mention Donald Trump by name but attacked the positions the New York developer has staked on Muslim immigration into the United States.
“It only makes it harder to build integrated and cohesive communities and it makes it easier for terrorists to radicalise our young people, making us less safe, whether in the USA, France or Britain, because it’s dividing rather than uniting and because it builds walls to keep us apart rather than bridges to bring us together,” said the Mayor.
Immediately after taking office in May, Mr Khan was involved in a spat with Mr Trump over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US, deriding the plan as “ignorant.”
Mr Khan also criticised the burkini ban that is being enforced in some French beaches saying that it’s a “ridiculous situation of politicians and courts telling women what they can and can’t wear on the beach.”
Mr Khan said that it’s not for him to “get involved in a presidential election in another country,” however, he described himself as “a big fan” of Mrs Clinton and said that he hoped she would win the presidential election in November.
“She’s arguably the most experienced candidate to run to be the president,” Mr Khan told reporters following the speech to more than 250 academics, diplomats and business people.
“As the father of two daughters, I think the message it sends when the most powerful politician in the world is a woman is phenomenal, and hope she wins,” said Mr Khan, who as London’s first Muslim mayor is arguably one the most influential member of his faith in western Europe.
Earlier on Thursday, the London mayor addressed a global progress summit in Montreal with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister.
In Montreal, he criticised Mr Trump in even stronger terms:
“Donald Trump said that Muslims from around the world – I’m paraphrasing – would not be welcome into the United States of America.
“Not only does that show a lack of understanding and awareness of the great country that is the USA and its history and legacy, it’s also inadvertently playing into the hands of Daesh and so-called Isis because it implies it’s not possible to be a Western liberal and mainstream Muslim.
“I think it’s important that the USA maintains her role as a beacon for tolerance, respect and diversity. “I think it’s important for those of us who are foreigners to stay out of the US elections. I hope the best candidate wins and I hope she does win with a stomping majority.”
Mr Khan said he would be open to meeting Mr Trump during his trip, along with any other presidential candidate. During the summit Mr Khan stressed the importance of integrating ethnic minority communities, telling the audience that “the days of laissez-faire” integration were gone.
“The messages of hate being transmitted into people’s bedrooms means that people like Justin, the prime minister of Canada, and people like me, the mayor, have a responsibility,” he said.
Mr Khan also said he believed the UK should follow Canada’s lead and do more to help Syrian refugees.
Canada resettled 25,000 Syrian refugees between November 2015 and February 2016, compared to the UK which has pledged to resettle 20,000 by 2020.
The mayor told Mr Trudeau: “You are a beacon of how a civilised G7 country should treat those who are vulnerable and need help.” Mr Khan’s five-day tour of North America is aiming to show the capital is “open for business” in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
During his visit to New York, the mayor will be introduced to Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred, to discuss plans to bring games to London and throw the first pitch at a New York Mets game.
He will also visit the Clinton Global Initiative during its annual meeting, where he is expected be joined on stage by Chelsea Clinton. source