Thursday, December 10, 2015

Trump Ignores UK Critics and Claims Country Has 'a Massive Muslim Problem'

THE GUARDIAN: Republican frontrunner welcomes controversial British commentator’s support amid record-breaking campaign to bar him from the UK

Donald Trump has hit back against UK critics of his stand against Islam, saying Britain had “a massive Muslim problem”.

The leading Republican presidential contender, who prompted outrage around the world on Monday by calling for Muslims to be barred from entering the United States following the San Bernardino shooting, also praised controversial British commentator Katie Hopkins after she supported his position in an interview on Fox News.

“The politicians of the UK should watch Katie Hopkins … many people in the UK agree with me,” Trump tweeted just after 6am ET.

In another tweet he said: “The United Kingdom is trying hard to disguise their massive Muslim problem. Everybody is wise to what is happening, very sad! Be honest.”

On Wednesday, Trump attracted a political backlash in Britain when he claimed there were parts of London so radicalised that police officers feared for their lives. The comments were rejected by Downing Street, which said they were “totally inaccurate”, and the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who said they were “utter nonsense”. » | Joanna Walters in New York | Thursday, December 10, 2015