London mayor calls out Trump's reason for cancelling United Kingdom visit
14 January, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Irene Delgado
Then-president George W Bush cited security as the main reason for the sale, while United States officials said it would have taken several years and hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the Grade II-listed London Chancery Building up to scratch.
President Donald Trump said /a he canceled a February trip to the United Kingdom for the opening of a new U.S. embassy there due to what he described as a "bad deal" he said was made during the Obama administration. "Wanted me to cut the ribbon-NO!"
However, it is widely believed that Trump would be facing a fair amount of dissent from protesters, and one ally of the president, former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, said that may have played into his decision to remain stateside as well.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony may instead be hosted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The new USA embassy is in the Nine Elms area of Wandsworth, London, rather than the famous central London Mayfair location of the current one. Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Friday said U.S. President Donald Trump "got the message" after the cancellation of a planned presidential visit to London in February.
The US president was set to visit London February 26th and 27th for the opening of the new US embassy. The U.K.'s official invitation to Trump for a full "state visit" still stands, Blain said.
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But commentators were quick to point out that the decision to move the embassy, from Mayfair to south London, was actually taken during the administration of ex-president George W. Bush.
The White House said in the same month it would announce details "soon" of Mr Trump's proposed visit.
However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused Mr Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of putting the UK's "crucial relationship" with the USA at risk by opposing the visit.
Another tweet referred to the London public square of Piccadilly Circus and used one of President Trump's favorite phrases, "fake news".
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