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David Cameron regards comments made by US presidential hopeful Donald Trump as "divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong", Downing Street has said.

Mr Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States following a mass shooting in San Bernadino.

A Muslim couple, believed to have been radicalised, killed 14 people at a health centre.

The prime minister's official spokeswoman said Mr Cameron "completely disagrees with Donald Trump".

British prime ministers normally avoid commenting on contenders in the US presidential race.

Mr Trump issued a campaign statement following the San Bernardino shootings calling for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on".

His comments were criticised by other contenders for the Republican nomination, including Jeb Bush, who called the property tycoon "unhinged".

Campaigners against Mr Trump's golf course development in Scotland have submitted a petition to Parliament calling for him to be barred from the UK "for his continued, unrepentant hate speech and unacceptable behaviour".

Mr Cameron's spokeswoman declined to say whether he would be willing to meet Mr Trump or whether he could be barred from the UK, describing the questions as "hypothetical".

She added: "The prime minister has been very clear that, as we look at how we tackle extremism and this poisonous ideology, what politicians need to do is look at ways they can bring communities together and make clear that these terrorists are not representative of Islam and indeed what they are doing is a perversion of Islam."

The Conservative Party candidate for London Mayor, Zac Goldsmith, has meanwhile described Mr Trump as "an utterly repellent figure" and "one of the most malignant figures in politics".

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-35037553


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