London Mayor Sadiq Khan has invited Americans distressed over Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidency to his city.
“I heard one of the most googled things since Wednesday has been ‘how do you emigrate?,'” Khan said while speaking alongside Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the announcement of business expansion in the U.K.
“If talented people based in the US want to come here to London, my message is simple – London is open,” Khan said, according to the Evening Standard Wednesday.
Trump has previously told the New York Times that the London mayor could be an exception to his plan to ban Muslim immigration, and wished him well when he was elected.
“I think it’s a very good thing, and I hope he does a very good job because frankly that would be very, very good,” Trump said, in part, about Khan’s election. “There will always be exceptions.”
Khan rejected Trump’s Muslim ban, saying, “Donald Trump and those around him think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam – London has proved him wrong.”
The London mayor drew ire from many on the right earlier this year after introducing an online “hate crime hub,” using millions to crack down on “trolls.” Many reportedly believed it would be used to suppress dissenting opinions and curb free speech.
Trump’s website now proposes to “Suspend, on a temporary basis, immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.”
Current U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May hasn’t condemned Trump’s proposed ban.
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