Donald Trump's call for a "total and complete" ban on Muslims entering the United States drew condemnation around the world Tuesday, including from British and French leaders and the U.N. refugee agency.
Citizens, politicians, and refugee officials alike slammed Trump's statements, calling them hate speech and a disturbing sign of Islamophobia in a country rattled by terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.
Dar al-Ifta, Egypt's official religious body, dubbed Trump's remarks "hate rhetoric," and a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency expressed concern that they could jeopardize the ongoing refugee resettlement process.
It is rare for a British prime minister to comment on contenders in the U.S. presidential race, but Prime Minister David Cameron joined British politicians from all parties in condemning Trump's remarks. Cameron said through a spokeswoman that he "completely disagrees" with the comments.
London's Metropolitan Police also weighed in, rebutting Trump's comment that areas of the British city were so radicalized that police were afraid for their lives.
"We would not normally dignify such comments with a response; however, on this occasion, we think it's important to state to Londoners that Mr. Trump could not be more wrong," a spokeswoman said.
In France, where the ruling Socialists are in a pitched election battle with a far-right anti-immigrant party, Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday wrote on Twitter that "Trump, like others, stokes hatred and conflations: our ONLY enemy is radical Islamism."