Mayor pulls red carpet from Donald
LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan is "not sure it is appropriate for our government to roll out the red carpet” for Donald Trump.
Seven days after Mr Trump's presidential inauguration, Prime Minister Theresa May extended an invitation from the Queen to him and his wife Melania to make a state visit later in the year and was "delighted” the President had accepted that invitation”.
But Mr Khan, who has clashed with Mr Trump over his decision to bar people from travelling to the US from mainly Muslim countries and over his response to the London Bridge terror attack, has queried the visit.
"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,” he told CNN.
"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.”
Amid speculation Mr Trump might make a surprise stopover after last week's G20 summit, the government conceded the visit would not take place until next year.
Mr Trump has reportedly told Ms May he will not visit the UK until he is guaranteed a "better reception”.
Earlier this year, more than 1.8 million people signed a petition seeking to block the trip over fears it would "cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen”. - INM