Trump got the message that he's not welcomed: London Mayor

Trump got the message that he's not welcomed: London Mayor

Trump got the message that he's not welcomed: London Mayor

Trump said on Twitter he canceled the visit because the USA embassy's former location was sold at a "bad deal".

Trump said he had cancelled next month's visit, which had been set to include the opening of the new United States embassy in London, because he did not like the building and thought it was a "bad deal" financially.

The State Department, however, announced plans for relocating the London embassy in 2008, while George W. Bush was still president, because of concerns about security following the September 11 terror attacks.

President Donald Trump says he is canceling an upcoming trip to London because he doesn't like the Obama administration's choice of a new embassy there.

Mr Trump's decision not to visit was welcomed by critics outraged by the United States travel ban on some Muslim-majority countries, and more recently, his decision to re-tweet anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right organisation.

Asked about the PM's views on south London after the president described the embassy's new site as an "off location", the Number 10 spokesman said: "I think Vauxhall is a vibrant and important part of London and home to many businesses".

"Reason I cancelled 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".

"I am deeply uncomfortable because he is deliberately divisive, and this would be divisive at a time when we are trying to unite our country", Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said in November.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not reply to a request for comment.

His decision not to come was welcomed by critics outraged by the USA travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, and more recently, Trump's decision to re-tweet anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right organisation. She suggested a formal visit could still, but offered no details.

"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.

Still, British officials said their government had been working on the basis that Trump would arrive in late February, though no firm date had been set.

The mayor, a member of the main opposition Labour party, said there would have been "mass peaceful protests", and that it had been a "mistake" to invite him. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the US leader from coming.

"It seems he's finally got the message", wrote London's mayor, Sadiq Khan.

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