Magnanimous president-to-be Donald Trump says that despite his proposed ban on muslims entering the U.S., London's new mayor, Sadiq Khan, may be an exception.
"There will always be exceptions," Mr. Trump said when asked in an interview on Monday how his proposed ban would affect London's mayor, Sadiq Khan. "I was happy to see that," Mr. Trump said of Mr. Khan's election. "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."
Asked why, Mr. Trump said, "Because 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."
Khan's having none of it.
He rejected Trump's suggestion that he could be an exception to the proposed Muslim travel ban, saying: "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."
The statement continued: "Donald Trump and those around him think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam — London has proved him wrong."