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David Cameron Should Apologise For Calling Trump ‘Stupid And Wrong’, says US Aide

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Posted: May 4, 2016 at 11:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

David Cameron should apologise for his description of Donald Trump as “divisive, stupid and wrong”, according to an adviser to the US presidential hopeful.
The call came as the billionaire businessman all but clinched the Republican US presidential nomination after Ted Cruz bowed out of the race following a defeat in Indiana.
The Prime Minister could face difficulties after he criticised Mr Trump last December during a debate in Parliament on whether to ban him from the UK over his call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”.
The PM told the House of Commons he opposed a travel ban on Mr Trump, but added: “I think his remarks are divisive, stupid and wrong. If he came to visit our country I think he would unite us all against him.”
George Papadopoulos, an adviser to Mr Trump, said it would be “wise” for the Prime Minister to “reach out in a more positive manner” to the Republican front-runner.
Mr Papadopoulos told The Times: “First we need an invitation. Of course if the United Kingdom extended an invitation it would be a tremendous show of unity and a wonderful spectacle.
“That invitation has not yet been extended … but if it is it would be received in a positive way.”
Asked if Mr Trump would forgive Mr Cameron’s comments, Mr Papadopoulos told the newspaper: “I can’t speak directly for him but it would seem that if Prime Minister Cameron is serious about reaching out, not only to Mr Trump’s advisers but to the man himself, an apology or some sort of retraction should happen.
“To see Mr Cameron come out as the most vocal opponent was uncalled for. Considering that we believe that the UK-US relationship should be a cornerstone, not just of Nato policy but elsewhere, it would be wise for him to reach out in a more positive manner to Mr Trump.”
Mr Cameron was asked to comment on Mr Trump’s White House bid by US reporters travelling with President Barack Obama on his two-day visit to the UK.
The PM said he would neither add nor subtract from his earlier remarks about Mr Trump, who looks set to become the Republican candidate to take on Democrat Hillary Clinton in this year’s election.
Speaking alongside Mr Obama at a press conference, Mr Cameron said: “As for the American elections, I have made some comments in recent weeks and months. I don’t think now is the moment to add to them or subtract from them.
“But I think, as a Prime Minister who has been through two general elections leading my party, you always look on at American elections in awe at the scale of the process and the length of the process and I marvel at anyone who’s left standing at the end of it.”
Downing Street has previously confirmed that Britain’s ambassador in the US has been “engaging” with Mr Trump’s team as “part and parcel” of the UK’s usual efforts to establish good links with presidential candidates.
Prime ministers are traditionally wary of making any public comment about candidates in elections overseas, for fear that they may be accused of attempting to interfere in the democratic decisions of foreign nations, or that their words may come back to bite them if they later have to deal with the candidate in office.