London Mayor Sadiq Khan has reemphasized his strong detest over granting the US President elaborate visit when he pays the UK a visit next year.
In a CNN interview, Khan said that state visits are not the same with ordinary visits, particularly at a time when most policies adopted by the present Trump administration are not in line with what the country thinks. He added that it’s not wise to roll out the red carpet for Trump when he visits.
Trump’s visit to the UK postponed to 2018
The White House confirmed Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom as has been postponed until 2018. The delay is coming with concerns that Trump might encounter mass protest when he visits the British capital.
When Trump met Theresa May, the UK Prime minister at the G20 summit held in Hamburg, he told reporters that he would be paying the UK a visit soon. During May’s visit to Washington earlier this year, May made an offer for a state visit, and this entails a banquet with the Queen.
Khan didn’t discard the idea of meeting with the president when he comes if such offer is made to him. He added that it’s not the ideal time to visit Trump. Speaking to CNN, Khan said that if someone is of the opinion that he believes can be changed, then he’s ever ready to take up his part. He pointedly stated that he’s a proud westerner and a Muslim CNN has met the White House for their take on the issue.
Khans’ opposition to Trump’s policies
Khan isn’t okay with president Trumps’s policy to bar majorly Muslim countries from the US people. Likewise, after the tragic event at the London Bridge that left eight persons dead, Khan urged Londoners to keep calm despite the increased police presence. Then Trump rebuked the statement on Twitter.
Khan pointed out that Trump’s stamen went off remarks as he was referring to the increased police presence. Over 1.8 million people signed a petition advocating to stop Trump from visit the UK, as it will cause embarrassment to the Queen.