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Friday, December 11, 2015

Donald Trump wins more support in US as petition to ban him from the UK passes half million signatures - Telegraph

Joey Maceda - 4:48 AM
Nick Allen in Washington and Raf Sanchez in Tel Aviv report: Donald Trump has cancelled a trip to Israel, shelving what was shaping up to be an awkward visit by the Republican presidential front-runner following comments that managed to offend Muslims and Jews alike. Mr Trump had been due to meet Mr Netanyahu later this month but announced he was "postponing" until "after I become president" and that he "didn't want to put Mr Netanyahu under pressure". I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with @Netanyahu at a later date after I become President of the U.S. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2015 Mr Trump has the Republican party in turmoil over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US following last week's mass shooting by an Islamic militant couple in San Bernadino. In the UK a petition calling for Mr Trump to be barred from the country became the biggest ever on the Government's website, passing the previous record of 446,482 signatures. Mr Trump, the clear front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, remained unrepentant in the face of worldwide condemnation. He wrote on his Twitter account: The United Kingdom is trying hard to disguise their massive Muslim problem. Everybody is wise to what is happening, very sad! Be honest. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2015 He added that British politicians should be "thanking me instead of pandering to political correctness". Asked for David Cameron's response to Mr Trump's most recent comments a Downing Street spokesman said: "He wouldn't agree." Theresa May, the Home Secretary, who was at a counter-terrorism summit in London with US attorney general Loretta Lynch, declined to say whether she would stop the billionaire entering the UK. The "Block Donald J Trump from UK entry" petition will be considered for debate by MPs when the House of Commons petitions committee meets on Jan 5. At one point it was being signed by six people per second. The businessman sparked criticism among many American Jews last week after speaking to a gathering of Jewish donors. He was booed after refusing to endorse Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. Mr Trump also made remarks that some said promoted Jewish stereotypes. "I know why you're not going to support me: you're not going to support me because I don't want your money," Mr Trump said. "You want to control your own politician." He also said, "I'm a negotiator, like you folks." Donald Trump Photo: Rex In Dubai the property developer Damac Properties, which is building a $6 billion golf resort with Mr Trump, removed the businessman's name and image from the area, along with that of his daughter Ivanka. In a defiant interview he said: "Many Muslim friends of mine are in agreement with me. They say 'Donald, you brought something up to the fore that is so brilliant and so fantastic'. "I'm doing good for the Muslims. I am the least racist person you have ever met." The latest New York Times/CBS News nationwide poll, based on interviews conducted largely before Mr Trump's proposed ban on Muslims, showed him extending his lead in the race for the Republican nomination. He had 35 per cent support among Republicans with Ted Cruz, the Texas senator, in second place on 16 per cent. A host of American celebrities condemned Mr Trump. Muhammad Ali, the Muslim former boxing world champion, said: "I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam." Muhammad Ali Photo: AP Meanwhile, plans to ask Mr Trump to help rebuild a Scottish war memorial on the Isle of Lewis were set to be scrapped. Four of his relatives from the island fought in the First World War and the Stornoway Historical Society had wanted Mr Trump to donate. But Malcolm MacDonald, chairman of the society, said: "There are Indians and Pakistanis in our community. We wouldn't want to upset them."

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