Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump cancels London trip over 'bad' Embassy deal

Trump cancels London trip over 'bad' Embassy deal

President Donald Trump was expected to visit London in February - and now that his trip has been put on hold, many are at odds as to why.

On Friday the Mayor tweeted that Mr Trump had got the message that he was "not welcome" in London after the President cancelled a planned visit to open the new USA embassy.

Mr Johnson tweeted at about 11am: "The US is the biggest single investor in the United Kingdom - yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk. We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall". But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the USA leader from coming.

But soon afterwards, Johnson's comments were endorsed.

"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", he wrote.

In fact, the move was first planned when George W Bush was president.

Last night British officials said the visit was canned for "personal reasons" after a series of perceived slights. "Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda", Khan said on Friday.

There has been speculation that his visit would result in mass protests, so people have been responding online with their own very serious reasons for not visiting London.

London's Mayor sat down and flicked through a paper when his speech was disrupted
Image London's Mayor sat down and flicked through a paper when his speech was disrupted

But a full-blown state visit replete with golden carriages and pomp has been deferred amid the threat of huge anti-Trump protests.

Some British lawmakers questioned whether would be welcome after he re-tweeted videos from a far-right British group and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan following a terror attack past year.

A Downing Street spokesman said there had never been a confirmation that Trump would open the embassy: "As we've said a number of times, a state visit invitation has been extended and accepted, and we will confirm the details in due course".

The trans-Atlantic alliance between the United States and Britain has been shaky ever since Trump assumed the presidency in January.

Writing in London's Evening Standard newspaper, Johnson said the move from central London to Nine Elms, next to Battersea, was forced by security concerns after 11 September.

The US embassy in London has released a statement correcting President Donald Trump on the price tag of its relocation after he said it claimed it was a "bad deal".

While a working visit, would include a meeting with May and other diplomatic formalities like opening the embassy.

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