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London mayor slams Trump's 'ignorant' view of Islam

  • Newly elected London's mayor Sadiq Khan waves to well wishers outside City Hall in London, on his first day as mayor, Monday May 9, 2016. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Newly elected London's mayor Sadiq Khan waves to well wishers outside City Hall in London, on his first day as mayor, Monday May 9, 2016. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Newly elected London's mayor Sadiq Khan, center, is greeted by well wishers outside City Hall in London, on his first day as mayor, Monday May 9, 2016. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Newly elected London's mayor Sadiq Khan, center, is greeted by well wishers outside City Hall in London, on his first day as mayor, Monday May 9, 2016. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken May 5, 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Charleston, W. Va. There's no cheering at the White House for Donald Trump, but his ascent as the presumptive Republican nominee means a few of President Barack Obama's key achievements could be more likely to survive after he leaves office.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    In this photo taken May 5, 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Charleston, W. Va. There's no cheering at the White House for Donald Trump, but his ascent as the presumptive Republican nominee means a few of President Barack Obama's key achievements could be more likely to survive after he leaves office. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is unimpressed by Donald Trump's suggestion that he could be exempted from a proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Asked how that policy would affect London's first Muslim mayor, Trump told The New York Times that "there will always be exceptions."

But Khan said Tuesday that "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."

He said "Donald Trump's ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe" by alienating mainstream Muslims.

Trump proposed "a total and complete" ban on foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. until — in his words — "our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."