Citing his opinion that many people in the United Kingdom oppose President Donald Trump’s policies, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it would not be “appropriate” for Trump to be welcomed in a state visit to the UK.
“State visits are different from a normal visit and at a time when the president of the USA has policies that many in our country disagree with, I am not sure it is appropriate for our government to roll out the red carpet,” Khan told CNN.
During Prime Minister Theresa May’s January visit to The White House, she offered Trump a state visit to Britain. Last week, the White House confirmed that Trump’s visit will occur in 2018.
Although Khan has been critical of Trump, he said he is open to meeting with the president:
“If someone has views that I think can be changed, I am ready to play my role. If you somehow think it is not possible to be a Muslim and a proud westerner I am happy to disabuse you of that idea, whether you are a reporter for CNN or Donald Trump.”
Khan has made prior demands that the invitation for Trump’s proposed state visit be withdrawn. The last occasion followed Trump’s criticism of Khan in June after the mayor told residents that there was “no reason to be alarmed” after the London Bridge terror attack, which left seven dead and dozens injured.
Regarding Trump’s temporary travel suspension for residents of six terror-prone countries, Khan said it “goes against everything we stand for.”
In September 2016, Khan toured North America and said he was a “big fan” of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Khan also contended that then-candidate Trump’s position on Islamic terror attacks “play into the hands” of ISIS.
Khan visited Chicago during his first visit to the United States, saying at the time that he hoped Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election.
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