"Gennaro said the U.S. State Department approved of the trip, and considered Gaddafi a reformer. He said the government signed off on the itinerary, at times offering advice that affected the company's plans for Gaddafi. State department officials denied any role in planning, advising or paying for the trip. "We did greet him at the airport. That is standard courtesy for the son of the leader of a country," said State Department spokesman Mark Toner. Toner said the government was aware of Gaddafi's itinerary, but "did not sign off on it.""