Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has canceled his Britain trip amid the fear of mass protests.
He was supposed to launch the new U.S. embassy in London in the next month.
He claimed on Twitter that he canceled his London trip because he was not happy with the ‘bad deal’ of Barack Obama having sold the current U.S. embassy in London for ‘peanuts’ and built the new replacement for $1bn.
The move to relocate the U.S. embassy in London, however, was first planned in 2008 when George W Bush was the President of the United States.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has hailed the Trump decision not the visit Britain in the next month. He said the U.S. President has ‘got the message’ that many Londoners do not like his ideas and policies.
“It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity, and tolerance,” the mayor of London Mr. Khan said.
— Press TV (@PressTV) January 14, 2018
“His visit next month would, without doubt, have been met by mass peaceful protests. This just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place.”
The U.S. President Donald Trump was invited to Britain when Theresa May met him as the first world leader after he was elected the President of the United States.
Activists immediately began to campaign against Trump’s London tour. The British MPs declared that they wouldn’t give Trump opportunity to address the parliament.
Amid the row of protests, Trump was expected to pay a working visit instead of a state visit to cut the ribbon of the embassy.
Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
President Trump, however, canceled his London trip. He said on Twitter, “Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. “Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”
The US Embassy in London has put out a statement essentially correcting Trump’s tweet this morning. pic.twitter.com/Ep3pp3JkNI
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 12, 2018
Downing Street spokesperson, however, didn’t comment on Trump’s decision. The spokesperson said, “an invitation has been extended and accepted, but no date has been set”.
The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “The invitation was made and has been accepted we are still working to finalize a date.”