London mayor: I'm not sure it's 'appropriate' to roll out red carpet for Trump

London mayor: I'm not sure it's 'appropriate' to roll out red carpet for Trump
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"State visits are different from a normal visit," Khan told CNN in an interview Monday.

"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 said, though, he is ready to play his role if someone has views he thinks he can change.

"If you somehow think it is not possible to be a Muslim and a proud Westerner," he said, "I am happy to disabuse you of that idea, whether you are a reporter for CNN or Donald Trump."

Trump is expected to make a state visit to the U.K. next year, according to a report earlier this month.

Khan has in the past called for the British government to cancel a state visit from Trump and has spoken out against Trump's travel ban.

Trump previously went after the mayor after an attack in London earlier this year. After the attack, Khan said there was no reason to worry about increased police presence in London.

Trump then targeted Khan in a tweet, saying: "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" He later doubled down on his comments.