Trump cancels trip to London, calling embassy site 'bad deal'

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

Mr. Trump said in a late-night tweet that he had decided not to come to London to open the new US embassy.

Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration in January past year, and they were filmed emerging from the White House holding hands.

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During May's USA trip a year ago, she extended an invitation to Trump to make a formal state visit - which includes pomp, pageantry and a banquet with Queen Elizabeth.

"Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" the USA president added.

"It seems he's finally got that message".

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The president reportedly then added that America should have more people from Norway and other similar countries come to America. My family, like a whole lot of people, came from Ireland and worked the railroads", Ryan said.

There had been speculation that the trip would be merged with a planned state visit to Britain offered to Trump by Prime Minister Theresa May, which has met with strong public and political opposition.

Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda.

The decision to relocate the embassy was also taken by the administration of George Bush Jr in 2007, not during the Obama era, as asserted by Trump.

The US flag was lowered for the final time on Tuesday from the top of the former 600-room embassy in Grosvenor Square, where US General Dwight Eisenhower had his headquarters during World War Two.

"London mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted Trump had "got the message" that he was not welcome, referring to the backlash over the Queen's invitation". In December, Ambassador Woody Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the president when he visited, adding: "I think he will be very impressed with this building and the people who occupy it".

However, Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for the sale, saying he would not attend the official opening of the new site.

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