Donald Trump has signalled a partial climb down from his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States by suggesting it could be eased to allow Sadiq Khan, London’s newly-elected mayor, to visit, Telegraph UK reports.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s comments came just hours after Mr Khan, who last week became the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital, said he planned to visit America before January in case Mr Trump was elected to the White House, an event that could see him barred from the country.
Mr Trump has vowed a “total and complete” temporary shutdown of America’s borders to Muslims following last December’s deadly attack in San Bernardino by a husband and wife team who swore loyalty to swearing loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
But on Monday he claimed he was “happy” with Mr Khan’s election victory over Zac Goldsmith and said he was the sort of Muslim he could make an exception for.
“There will always be exceptions,” the billionaire property developer told the New York Times on being asked how his proposed ban would affect Mr Khan.
“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.”