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The London mayor expressed hopes that Prime Minister Theresa May will call the U.S. president out on his sexist language during the state visit.
As United States President Donald Trump is scheduled to make his first official state visit to the United Kingdom next month, London Mayor Sadiq Khan suggested that his reception should not include a banquet or red carpet.
"Of course we should have a close relationship with the president of the United States, but we shouldn't be rolling out the red carpet; we shouldn't have a banquet," Khan told reporters. The mayor compared Trump to former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, the only two presidents to have a state visit to the United Kingdom, saying he "is not in the same class as those two."
Khan is also urging other politicians to confront Trump on his offensive comments.
The London mayor expressed hopes that Prime Minister Theresa May will call the U.S. president out on his sexist language, adding that since Britain and the United States are "closest mates... That gives us a responsibility to call people out who we otherwise wouldn't do so."
Khan stated that Trump's "boasting and bragging" approach towards the subject is "almost like a green light for others to behave badly."
The mayor and Trump have had rifts in the past, most notably after Trump's Muslim travel ban in 2016, as Khan is Muslim himself. Last year, the U.S. president insinuated that Khan "allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad... You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London... Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place."
Trump has already visited the U.K. on an unofficial visit in July of last year, when he met with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Council.
During this visit, mass protests took place around the country with the largest in London with over 64,000 participants.