US Prez cancels United Kingdom trip over 'bad deal' embassy

  • US Prez cancels United Kingdom trip over 'bad deal' embassy

US Prez cancels United Kingdom trip over 'bad deal' embassy

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 U.S. embassy.

A United Kingdom official said on Friday that the invitation to Trump for a state visit, first extended by May during her visit to the USA early in Trump's presidency, still stands, the CNN report said.

Khan said that Trump's visit would have been hampered by mass protests as the U.S. President views are opposite of the city's value, reported the Independent.

Trump claimed he had scrapped the visit because he didn't want to open the new USA embassy in the British capital, but Khan suggested the real reason was because he wouldn't be welcome.

Trump tweeted that he would not visit to open the embassy, saying the decision was because Barack Obama had sold the previous building in Grosvenor Square "for peanuts" and built an expensive replacement in a poor location in south London. The move, which ended a 200-year US association with London's Grosvenor Square, was part of American efforts to secure diplomatic staff in compounds - a push tied to terror concerns after al Qaeda bombings at two USA embassies in East Africa a decade ago. In December, Ambassador Woody Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the president when he visited.

Others thought Trump wouldn't be content with how regal his visit might be.

London Women's March Trafalgar Square
Getty Images Protesters in London’s Trafalgar Square for the anti Trump Women’s March in January 2017

His decision not to come was welcomed by critics outraged by the USA travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, and more recently, Trump's decision to re-tweet anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right organisation.

But hundreds of Brits, including ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband, took to social media to say Trump scrapped the trip because "nobody wanted you to come".

The exchange prompted further calls to dump the visit. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the USA leader from coming. "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.

"The US is the biggest single investor in the United Kingdom, yet Khan and Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk", he tweeted. We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up...

"His visit next month would, without doubt, have been met by mass peaceful protests", he added.