Donald Trump has thanked his “supporters in the UK” for “sticking up for him” after British MPs branded him a “fool” and a “wazzock” in a debate over whether the US presidential contender should be banned from the UK.
Speaking to Sky News’ Kay Burley, Mr Trump said of the debate: “I was sort of surprised it would happen; you know 500,000 votes today is a whole different thing than it would have been 10 years ago, before Twitter and all… But today they made a big deal out of it.
“I was really honoured by the way the people stuck up for me, because the people of the UK, they really stuck up for me and I want to thank them.”
Asked what he would say to his supporters in the UK, Mr Trump said: “I have a great deal of supporters in the United Kingdom, we receive thousands and thousands of letters and emails and tweets saying that you’re so right... and, as you know, the whole thing went nowhere.
“I’m honoured by the tremendous support I have in the UK and that whole thing went away. Very few people even showed up to talk about it.”
Around 50 MPs debated Mr Trump’s right to visit the UK in Parliament after half a million people signed a petition calling for him to be excluded from the country on hate speech grounds over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US. Trump also claimed some areas of Britain are so radicalised police fear for their lives.
At points the sheer number of people signing the petition caused the Government’s website to crash.
During the debate, Conservative MP Victoria Atkins said: “If he met one or two of my constituents in one of the many excellent pubs in my constituency then they may well tell him he is a wazzock for dealing with this issue in this way.”
Labour's Jack Dromey said: "Donald Trump is a fool. He is free to be a fool. He is not free to be a dangerous fool on our shores."
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
Labour Party legislator Paul Flynn said Mr Trump had already received "far too much attention”, adding: "The great danger by attacking this one man is that we can fix on him a halo of victimhood."
The debate did not end in a vote and does not have any influence on Government policy.
Since the UK debate, Mr Trump has been endorsed as a presidential candidate by the politician-turned-reality star, Sarah Palin.
Ms Palin, a former Alaska governor who was Republican Senator John McCain's running mate in the 2008 election, appeared with Mr Trump at a rally in Ames, Iowa, describing him as an anti-establishment candidate who would "kick Isis' ass".Reuse content