President Donald Trump canceled his planned trip to London to help open the new U.S. Embassy there, and blamed the decision on a bad decision by former president Barack Obama. Trump confirmed late Thursday that he would not travel to England next month saying he did not support the project. He explained that Obama made a “bad deal” in building it.
“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,” Trump tweeted, and then continued: “Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”
The beginning of the process to move the embassy started during President George W. Bush’s tenure. Former U.S. Ambassador to Britain, Robert Tuttle, said in 2008, “This has been a long and careful process. In the end, we realized that the goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable embassy could best be met by constructing a new facility.”
Trump’s cancelation comes in the wake of reports in the British media that the White House was worried about mass protests if Trump visited England. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, an outspoken opponent of Trump, welcomed the trip’s cancellation.
“Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda,” Kahn said. “It seems he’s finally got that message.”
Khan had previously asked British Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel the invitation after Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos from a far-right Twitter account in November. He accused the U.S. president of promoting a “vile, extremist group.
“Many Brits who love America and Americans will see this as a betrayal of the special relationship between our two countries,” Khan, who is London’s first Muslim mayor, said in a statement. “It beggars belief that the President of our closest ally doesn’t see that his support of this extremist group actively undermines the values of tolerance and diversity that makes Britain so great.”
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