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The world may laugh at some of Donald Trump’s outlandish remarks (The Huffington Post started by covering his campaign in their Entertainment section rather than Politics), but on Friday a top Dubai security official warned that there would be extreme consequences if he became president.

Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the deputy chairman of police and general security in Dubai, wrote a tweet which cautioned that there would be a “clash of civilisations” if Trump were elected.

He wrote: “If Trump beats Hillary (Clinton), that means that the scenario of the clash of civilisations created by Samuel will come to light at the hands of the candidate and al-Baghdadi.”

The reference is to political scientist Samuel P Huntington’s theory that future wars will be fought between cultures, and Tamim points out that a Trump win could see him face Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

This comes after multiple contentious comments from Trump. Just last Thursday at a Republican debate in Miami, he refused to retract a comment that “Islam hates the West”. Only last December he called for a complete ban on Muslims entering the US.

This caused shock in the Gulf, where Donald Trump often does business. Landmark Group, which is based in Dubai, began selling the Trump Home collection in February 2015, putting the American businessman’s range in stores in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The group announced last December that it will stop selling all Trump products.

“As one of the most popular home decor brands in the Middle East, Lifestyle values and respects the sentiments of all its customers,” Lifestyle CEO Sachin Mundhwa said, in a statement sent to Arabian Business. “In light of the recent statements made by the presidential candidate in the US media, we have suspended sale of all products from the Trump Home décor range.”

These actions show that many are taking Trump’s Republican campaign more seriously. In a post called “A Note on Trump: We Are No Longer Entertained”, The Huffington Post explained that they would no longer be covering Trumps presidential campaign in the Entertainment section, calling it “an ugly and dangerous force in American politics.”

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