Republican presidential candidate DonaldTrump, who has called for a temporarybanon Muslims entering the United States, suggested he would make anexceptionforLondon'snewly elected Muslimmayor, the New York Times reported.
However, Sadiq Khan who was sworn in asmayorof the British capital on Saturday, dismissedTrump's response, saying the real estate billionaire and presumptive Republican nominee had an "ignorant view of Islam".
"There will always beexceptions," the Times on Monday quotedTrumpas saying when asked how his controversial proposal would apply to Khan, the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver and a seamstress.
Trumpsaid he was happy to see Khan elected, the Times reported, adding: "You lead by example, always lead by example. If he does a good job ... that would be a terrific thing."
Trumpput forth the idea of thebanafter deadly attacks by Islamist militants in Paris and California last year. Muslim and human rights groups,Trump's Democratic rivals and many of his Republican presidential opponents condemned the proposal as divisive, counter-productive and contrary to American values.
Khan saidTrump's view risked alienating mainstream Muslims and played into the hands of extremists, making both Britain and the United States less secure.
"This isn't just about me - it's about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world," he said in a statement on Tuesday.
"DonaldTrumpand those around him think that Western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam - London has proved him wrong."
Khan, 45, a candidate from the opposition Labour Party, defeated his Conservative rival by a record margin last week to secure the biggest individual mandate in British political history after an acrimonious campaign.
After his victory, he accused his opponents of using fear and innuendo about his alleged links to extremists to turn ethnic and religious groups against each other, which he described as "something straight out of the DonaldTrumpplaybook".
In an interview with Time magazine, Khan said he wanted to go to the United States to see the interesting programmes themayors of New York and Chicago were implementing, but that he would have to visit before January in caseTrumpwon the Nov. 8 election.