Europe

UK's Cameron: Trump deserves respect but is wrong on Muslims

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as they meet with delegates at 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as they meet with delegates at 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, May 1, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to a song during a campaign rally at the Indiana Theater in Terre Haute, Ind. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    FILE - In this Sunday, May 1, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to a song during a campaign rally at the Indiana Theater in Terre Haute, Ind. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)  (The Associated Press)

British Prime Minister David Cameron has toned down his comments on Donald Trump, saying the Republican presidential hopeful deserves respect — but was wrong to call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

After Trump proposed the temporary ban on Muslims last year in the wake of attacks by extremists, Cameron called the comments "divisive, stupid and wrong."

Asked at a news conference Thursday if he wanted to apologize for calling Trump's remarks stupid, Cameron said that anyone who came through the "grueling" race to select their party's nominee "certainly deserves our respect."

But on Trump's suggestion about banning Muslims, Cameron said "I'm very clear that the policy idea that was put forward was wrong, is wrong and will remain wrong."