President Trump says he's canceled trip to London

Pauline Gross
January 12, 2018

President Donald Trump says he has decided not to come to London to open the new U.S. Embassy, blaming the Obama administration for doing a "bad deal" to move the diplomatic mission.

President Trump said he has called off a planned ceremonial visit to Britain because he didn't want to be associated with what he called a bad real estate deal in which the U.S. Embassy is being relocated from central London to "an off location".

President Donald Trump has revealed the reason he is cancelling his trip to London and it is not in fear of mass protests that activists had threatened to take out if he lands in the British capital.

The US President was due to visit London next month to open the new American Embassy, which is situated on the banks of the River Thames.

Rex Tillerson, the USA secretary of state, is expected to attend the embassy's opening instead.

The president accepted Theresa May's invitation after she visited the United States following his inauguration, he's said to have expressed concerns over the plans with his advisors though.

Only last week Theresa May said Trump "will be coming to this country".

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It is a veritable fortress set back at least 100ft from surrounding buildings - mostly newly-erected high-rise residential blocks - and incorporating living quarters for the US Marines permanently stationed inside.

Downgraded to a working visit, Mr Trump would not be given the hour of meeting a Queen. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Trump finally got the message that he was unwelcome in the U.K, which is why he canceled his visit.

However there've been reports that the trip may also have been cancelled because his team are anxious that it will be met with protests in the UK.

"President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and action the polar opposite of our city's values", Khan said in a statement released on Twitter.

Earlier this week, Mr Johnson brushed off suggestions a state visit to Britain by Mr Trump should be scrapped.

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He added that the videos make it "increasingly clear that any official visit at all from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed".

Other reports by GizPress

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