Thursday 29 September 2016

Trump is still 'stupid and wrong,' insists Cameron

Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton in London

Published 17/05/2016 | 02:30

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump
British Prime Minister David Cameron
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly

Donald Trump said he was unlikely to have a good relationship with David Cameron because the British prime minister cast the US presidential candidate as "divisive, stupid and wrong" for proposing a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

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Mr Cameron criticised Mr Trump in the British parliament over his call for the ban on Muslims and suggested that the New York billionaire, who is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, would unite Britain against him if he visited.

"It looks like we're not going to have a very good relationship, who knows?" Mr Trump told Britain's ITV television station in an interview aired yesterday when asked how ties would fare if he won the US presidential election on November 8.

"Well number one, I'm not stupid, okay. I can tell you that right now. Just the opposite. Number Two, in terms of divisive: I don't think I'm a divisive person. I'm a unifier, unlike our president right now," Mr Trump said, referring to Barack Obama.

Mr Cameron's spokesman said the prime minister stood by his original comments.

Mr Cameron will work with whoever is elected US president and is committed to maintaining the special relationship, the prime minister's spokesman said.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly

"The PM has made his views on Donald Trump's comments very clear. He disagrees with them," the spokesman said. "He continues to believe that preventing Muslims from entering the US is divisive, stupid and wrong. He stands by his comments."

The spokesman refused to answer questions on who Mr Cameron would like to see win in November but said there was no telephone call or meeting planned with Mr Trump, adding: "If one is proposed we will consider it".

Meanwhile, months after he savaged her on Twitter and elsewhere, Donald Trump has told Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that people who are bullied "gotta get over it" and fight back.

In an excerpt of the interview, which will be on the Fox network tonight, Mr Trump says he's a counterpuncher who goes after people when they go after him, only 10 times harder.

Tense

Asked if he was ever bullied, the Republican presidential candidate said no. But he said bullying doesn't just happen to children. "People are bullied when they're 55," he said.

Ms Kelly responded pointedly, with a smile: "Can happen when you're 45." She is 45.

"You know, it happens, right?" Mr Trump went on, as if he didn't hear her. "But you gotta get over it. Fight back, do whatever you have to do."

Mr Trump took offence when Ms Kelly confronted him in the first primary debate about crude remarks he'd made about women. He later suggested her menstrual cycle was behind her aggressive tone, called her "third-rate" and boycotted one of the debates at which she was a moderator, as his feud with Fox News escalated.

In the released excerpt, the two did not directly discuss his criticisms of her.

Ms Kelly said the tone of the interview was cordial, with tense moments, and predicted viewers "will be feeling a little uncomfortable."

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