Four Ways Donald Trump's London Embassy Tweet Is Simply Not True

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump on Friday clarified that he had cancelled his trip to London not fearing hostile crowds because of the new embassy that was launched by the Barack Obama-led administration.

He wrote on Twitter that he was abandoning the trip-initially scheduled for next month-because he did not like the location and price tag of the new building.

And indeed, it's not clear that Trump's allegations of a "bad deal" on the new embassy passes the sniff test.

According to the State Department, it was the administration of President George W. Bush - not Obama - that made a decision to build a new embassy in 2006 and chose the new location in 2008.

This week, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed off suggestions a state visit to Britain by Mr Trump should be scrapped.

But the decision to cancel the visit will be an embarrassment to British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The process to move the embassy actually started during President George W. Bush's tenure. "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

Almost two million British people added their names to an online petition in 2017 calling for Trump's visit to be downgraded from a state visit to avoid embarrassing the queen.

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Donald Trump has cancelled his visit to the United Kingdom, amid fears that he would be met with huge protests.

The trans-Atlantic alliance between the U.S. and Britain has been shaky ever since Trump assumed the presidency in January.

The US president, who has cancelled plans to visit Britain, was accused of being racist after questioning why his country should accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.

"Let's hope that Donald Trump also resists the pursuit of his divisive agenda".

Responding to Trump on Twitter, former Labour leader Ed Miliband wrote: "Nope it's because nobody wanted you to come".

The new building was to have a focus on environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

"He's been to countries all over the world and yet he's not been to the one with which he's closest", he said. Incidentally, his decision of not attending the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in London has had little effect on the people of Britain.

"He will be met by a million of us attempting a citizen's arrest of him for incitement of racial hatred", one group said, according to the Independent.

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