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11:20, 12 January 2018

Trump Won’t Visit London for Embassy Opening, Citing ‘Off Location’


Trump Won’t Visit London for Embassy Opening, Citing ‘Off Location’

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President Trump said late Thursday that he had canceled a trip to London since of the price and “off location” of the new United States Embassy in the city, where he had been expected to face protests.

Practically a year ago, Mr. Trump accepted an invitation to check out from Queen Elizabeth II, which was extended by Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain while she was in Washington shortly following Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

That announcement set off a year of debate in Britain, where Mr. Trump is unpopular, and the timing of the check out was continually pushed back. British newspapers citedissues about protests throughout a go to as officials tried to gauge how significantly pomp must greet Mr. Trump.

Last month the United States ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, stated that whilst no trip had been formally announced, he hoped Mr. Trump would go to in early 2018 and dedicate the new embassy.

On Thursday night, the president took to his favored medium, Twitter, and announced that he had canceled his trip because he was unhappy with the new building.

Mr. Trump’s British critics responded with jeers, saying the president was afraid of the reception he would get in Britain.

Ed Miliband, the former Labour Party leader, responded to Mr. Trump’s announcement on Twitter, saying: “Nope. It is due to the fact nobody wanted you to come. And you got the message.”

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said the president’s tweet created clear that it had been a mistake for Mrs. Might to move so quickly to extend the invitation to Mr. Trump last year. “It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who really like and admire America and Americans but locate his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance,” he tweeted.

The old United States Embassy, in a historic square in the exclusive Mayfair neighborhood, was deemed to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. The new one is in a former rail yard on the South Bank of the Thames. Mr. Trump blamed the Obama administration for the move, accusing it of promoting the old embassy for “peanuts” in a “bad deal.”

But the move was truly initiated in the course of the administration of President George W. Bush. “This has been a long and careful procedure,” Robert Tuttle, then the ambassador to Britain, stated in October 2008.

The Trump presidency has complicated the typically close ties amongst the United States and Britain, which has typically been referred to as the “special relationship” given that Winston Churchill employed the phrase in a 1946 speech.

Mr. Trump has utilized terrorist attacks in London to assistance his travel ban on guests from predominantly Muslim countries. He criticized Mr. Khan for his response to a bombing in June, misconstruing a get in touch with for calm as lack of concern about terrorist threats. And his tweets about a bombing in London in September recommended that the police had been monitoring attackers but carried out absolutely nothing.

His retweets of a far-correct group’s anti-Muslim videos in November stirred criticism from across the political spectrum in Britain.

Mrs. Could had been placed in an awkward predicament, as Mr. Trump’s unpopularity in Britain prompted calls that she stand up to the president or even get in touch with off his go to. At the identical time, her government is in the midst of difficult negotiations to withdraw from the European Union and beneath pressure to stop relations with the White Property from deteriorating additional.

Boris Johnson, the British foreign minister, said final week that it would be a mistake to uninvite Mr. Trump, as a single member of Parliament suggested.

“I think Her Majesty the Queen is nicely capable of taking this American president — or indeed any American president — in her stride, as she has accomplished over six outstanding decades,” Mr. Johnson stated.

Ellen Barry contributed reporting from London.

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Published at Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:18:02 +0000


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