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Donald Trump cancels United Kingdom visit, blames Obama

14 January, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Donald Trump has pulled out of his UK visit

The former Labour leader, Ed Miliband doubted Trump's reasoning behind the ditched trip to London saying: "Nope it's because nobody wanted you to come".

An undated photograph of the gilded American eagle at the top of the old US Embassy in London.

While the sale was made under Obama's watch, the decision to relocate the embassy was made under George W. Bush in 2008.

Christian Warman, director of prime central London estate agency Tedworth Property, defended the decision to move the embassy, suggesting it was "very sensible", although he agreed Grosvenor Square was one of the best addresses in London.

Trump confirmed his decision on Twitter late Thursday night after British newspapers reported that fears of mass protests had scuttled the trip.

The last word from the US ambassador there, Woody Johnson, was that while he hoped Trump would come to dedicate the new embassy, no date had been set for such a journey. May proclaimed the strength of the "most special relationship" between the two countries and the government extended an invitation for a state visit as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II.

Trump's secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil boss Rex Tillerson, will come to open the U.S. embassy in his place.

Sections of the United Kingdom media claim that the visit was cancelled amid fears of mass protests as the embassy's plan to move from Mayfair to Nine Elms in London pre-dated the Barack Obama administration and was first reported in October 2008, when George W Bush was still the president.

Mr Trump has also been offered a full-blown state visit to Britain but no date has been set amid jitters over protests.

However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused Mr Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of putting the UK's "crucial relationship" with the United States at risk by opposing the visit.

Trump was embroiled in a public spat with British Prime Minister Theresa May late past year after he retweeted three anti-Muslim videos from far-right group Britain First. "And you got the message".

Trump's friend and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said the president may have been put off by the prospect of his visit being overshadowed by street demonstrations from people protesting about his views.

The US Embassy said the overall cost of the project was approximately one billion US dollars, while the president said it was slightly higher at 1.2 billion.



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