Donald Trump cancels February visit to UK

Donald Trump cancels February visit to UK

Donald Trump cancels February visit to UK

He tweeted on Friday: "Reason I cancelled 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".

President Donald Trump has canceled a trip to London where he had been expected to open the new $1 billion US embassy, avoiding protests promised by political opponents.

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In 2017, more than 1.8 million people signed a petition calling for the USA leader's planned State Visit to be canceled, it would "cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen".

When the deal was made in 2008, the US Government said their "goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable embassy could best be met by constructing a new facility".

"It seems he's finally got that message", Khan tweeted.

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The "strong and deep" partnership between Britain and the USA "will endure" despite Mr Trump's cancellation, a spokesman added.

Trump was expected to open a new $1bn (£738m) U.S. embassy in London city of the United Kingdom, media reports said.

Many British politicians have voiced their opposition to Trump being granted a state visit, and say the invite should be recalled.

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

"The project has been executed within the established budget", an embassy spokesman said, adding it had "considered more than 50 sites" in London ahead of the move, which cost up to $1billion and "used no tax dollars". "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" In December, Ambassador Woody Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the president when he visited. She suggested a formal visit could still, but offered no details.

The trip was not the controversial full state visit offered by Theresa May, for which no date has yet been set.

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But British officials have been dismayed by some of Trump's pronouncements, particularly a proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States and most recently when Trump rebuked May on Twitter after she criticized him for retweeting British far-right anti-Islam videos.

The exchange prompted further calls to dump the visit.

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

Trump said in a late-night tweet that he had decided not to come to London to open the new USA embassy.

There was initially confusion as Downing Street was unable to say whether the Foreign Secretary was speaking for the Government when he said Mr Khan and Jeremy Corbyn were putting the "crucial relationship at risk". "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

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