Donald Trump canceled plans to visit Britain in February, and is blaming the Obama administration for the fallout.
The US President took to Twitter late Thursday night to talk down the administration’s decision to sell the acclaimed American Embassy London, formerly located in Grosvenor Square.
From The Daily Mail
‘Reason I canceled 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. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!,’ Trump wrote.
But, according to the embassy’s website, the decision to change the location to the new Nine Elms area of Wandsworth took place during George W. Bush’s time in office, prior to Obama’s in January 2009.
Trump was previously expected to make his first trip to the UK since entering office, but Government officials were newly informed he went cold on the idea.
A new date has not been offered, raising the prospect of a major diplomatic snub. One senior source told the Mail that Mr Trump – who was expected to officially open the new US embassy in London – had cancelled because he was unhappy about the arrangements and the scale of the visit.
The reversal comes despite Mr Trump telling Theresa May last month that he would come to Britain in the New Year.
Preparations were advanced for a ‘working’ visit to officially open the embassy, but the Mail understands this role will now be performed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Mr Trump was also scheduled to hold talks with Mrs May in No 10, with February 26 and 27 marked in the diary. Downing Street had hoped to confirm the dates this week.
Several high profile politicians in the UK took to Twitter to comment on the cancellation of the trip, with Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, saying citizens had ‘made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome’.
Even Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had her say on Twitter, posting a poultry emoji which she appeared to have used to illustrate calling the President ‘chicken’.
A source told the Daily Mail that the lack of ‘bells and whistles’ and royal involvement next month visit may have discouraged Trump.
Mr Trump has previously expressed concern about the likelihood of mass protests. Last year he told Mrs May he did not want to go ahead with a visit until the British public supported it.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appeared to allude to these promised protests on Twitter, where he accused the London Mayor and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of putting the US-UK relationship at risk by encouraging anti-Trump demonstrations.
The Prime Minister and the President clashed in November when she criticised his decision to re-tweet anti-Muslim propaganda from a far-Right group, Britain First. In a rare public rebuke, she said: ‘I am very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do.’
Mr Trump hit back on Twitter, saying: ‘Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom.’ He added: ‘We are doing just fine!’
They clashed again when Mrs May criticised his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling it ‘unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region’.
However, following a phone call between the pair on December 19, officials were bullish about the visit taking place. Their conversation was described as ‘genial’.
The prospect of mass protests were raised last month after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged his followers to turn out in force if Mr Trump visited the UK to send him a ‘clear message’. More than a million people signed a petition last year calling for the state visit to be cancelled.
Officials have already moved into the £750 million US embassy near Battersea Power Station in south London. An official opening involving the two leaders would have dispelled any concerns about the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US, and boosted hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal.
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