Trump cancels UK visit, cites ‘bad’ embassy deal

Trump cancels UK visit, cites ‘bad’ embassy deal

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President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump give a jointt news onference on Jan. 27, 2017. During her visit to Washington, D.C., May invited Trump to London. (Jon-Christopher Bua/TMN)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday evening that he will not be visiting London next month due to his dissatisfaction with the “bad deal” the Obama administration agreed to over the next location for the U.S. embassy.

The trip, which was not officially on the books, would have been Trump’s first visit to the United Kingdom as president.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan cast doubt on Trump’s claim that his decision was due to a grievance against the embassy, instead suggesting that it was over concerns that the president would be met with massive protests.

“It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance,” Khan said in a statement.

Khan added that it was a “mistake” for U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to have invited the president in the first place.

The mayor is not the only British politician at odds with Trump.

After the president retweeted several videos from a far-right U.K. fringe party last November, members of the nation’s parliament roundly scorned Trump and raised the prospect of cancelling his visit.

The decision to move the U.S. embassy in London’s exclusive Mayfair neighborhood was initially decided under George W. Bush’s tenure due to security reasons.

The sale, which Bloomberg News notes occurred “at the bottom of the last property bust,” was overseen by President Barack Obama. The sales price was not publicly disclosed but local media reported the old building was sold for £500m ($680 million).

The historic building in the exclusive Mayfair neighborhood in London that housed the U.S. embassy was sold.(Veedar/Wikimedia Commons)

 

The newly constructed U.S. embassy is located in the Battersea Nine Elms, neighborhood near the Thames River. Curran2//Wikiimedia Commons)
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