Donald Trump says he is unlikely to have a good relationship with Britain's PM Cameron

Presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he hopes to be able to work with British Prime Minister David Cameron in spite of having been called by him 'stupid, divisive and wrong' regarding his views on Muslims.
US Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) said he is unlikely to have a good relationship with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
US Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) said he is unlikely to have a good relationship with British Prime Minister David Cameron. PHOTO: REUTERS, AFP

LONDON (Reuters) - Billionaire Donald Trump has said he is unlikely to have a good relationship with British Prime Minister David Cameron because Mr Cameron had cast the United States presidential candidate as "divisive, stupid and wrong" for proposing a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

After Mr Trump's call for an entry ban on Muslims, Mr Cameron criticised Trump in the British Parliament and suggested that Mr Trump, 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 on Monday when asked how ties would be if he won power in the Nov 8 presidential election.

"I hope to have a good relationship with him but it sounds like he's not willing to address the problem either," Mr Trump said, although earlier in the interview he said he didn't care about the Cameron comments.

A spokesman for Mr Cameron said on Monday that the Premier stands by his comments.

"The Prime Minister 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."

Asked who Mr Cameron would prefer to be the next president, the spokesman said he would not comment on another country's election but said the British leader had been clear he would work with whoever won.

"He is committed to maintaining the special relationship,"he said. The spokesman added that no meeting or call between Mr Cameron and Mr Trump was currently planned, but if one were proposed the Prime Minister would consider it.

The United States is Britain's closest ally and political leaders from both nations often speak of how the countries'enjoy a special relationship.

Mr Cameron earlier this month refused to retract his "divisive, stupid and wrong" comment but said that Mr Trump deserved respect for making it through the gruelling Republican primary process.

"We have a tremendous problem with radical Islamic terror," Mr Trump told ITV when asked about the proposed ban on Muslims."The world is blowing up and its not people from Sweden that's doing the damage okay. So we have a real problem."

Mr Trump, who had initially wished newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan well, said he was offended by Mr Khan's criticism that he was ignorant about Islam. "He doesn't know me, never met me, doesn't know what I am all about. I think they are very rude statements. Frankly, tell him I will remember those statements. They are very nasty statements," Mr Trump said. "It is ignorant for him to say that."

After Mr Khan's election, Mr Trump had told the New York Times that he could make an exception for Mr Khan, who is a Muslim, to visit the United States.

When asked about Britain's membership of the EU, Mr Trump said:"I've dealt with the European Union, it's very, very bureaucratic, it's very, very difficult. In terms of Britain I would say 'what do you need it for'? But again, let people make up their own mind."