According to new reports, Queen Elizabeth II has left Sadiq Kahn, the notoriously anti-Trump London Mayor, off the guest list for a banquet of honor which is to be held during President Trump’s upcoming state visit to the UK.
A spokesperson for Kahn confirmed, stating, “They mayor has not been invited to the state banquet,” with the move being seen by many as a direct message to the outspoken critic of President Trump.
In 2018, Khan drew backlash for demanding Trump’s visit to the UK be cancelled, suggesting the US president is “not in the same class” as his predecessors Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
President Trump is set to visit Buckingham Palace in June, where he will receive a ceremonial welcoming to observe the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan is finally getting a strong message from Queen Elizabeth II on his openly hostile views of President Trump.
The Muslim mayor, who has been a vocal critic of the president, was noticeably left off of the invitation list for the banquet planned in honor of Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom next month.
“The mayor has not been invited to the state banquet,” Khan’s spokesman, Jonathan Weisgard, told Newsweek.
The Queen has apparently opted not to invite the London Mayor to Trump’s state banquet at Buckingham Palace as he makes a three-day state visit in June to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The ceremonial state visit will include a formal welcome at Horse Guard’s Parade as well as lunch and dinner at Buckingham Palace.
Khan and Trump have had a contentious history with angry comments exchanged on topics from immigration to terror attacks. The mayor blasted Trump in June 2017 after the president called him out for the response to a recent Islamic terror attack.
Khan, a member of the U.K.’s opposition Labour Party, was furious and demanded the government cancel Trump’s stop as he made an official visit to the U.K. in July 2018, meeting with and Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle as well as British Prime Minister Theresa May. Thousands took to the streets to protest his visit as Khan infamously approved the so-called “Trump Baby Blimp” to be flown by the crowds.
London’s first elected Muslim mayor blasted the current decision to roll out the red carpet for the U.S. president, saying in a recent interview that Trump was not “in the same class” as his predecessors.
“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 state banquet,” Khan told British radio station LBC.