Saturday, 26 May, 2018

President Trump Cancels Visit to the UK

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Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2018, 15:10

Instead, it had been expected that Trump would make a brief, less formal "working visit" next month, to cut the ribbon on the $1bn (£750m) embassy in Nine Elms, south-west London, and hold meetings with May.

The Daily Mail leads with claims that the U.S. president has scrapped his plans to visit the United Kingdom next month, amid fears he "won't be made welcome".

While the date of a Trump visit had never been confirmed, speculation suggested the president would formally open the embassy at a ceremony in February.

May and Trump fell out in November over his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen.

He disparaged the new USA embassy in Nine Elms in a Late Thursday Twitter post.

The president accepted the Queen's invitation for a state visit when he met with Prime Minister Theresa May in July at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Trump blamed the Obama administration for the move, accusing it of selling the old embassy for "peanuts" in a "bad deal".

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has feuded with Trump on numerous ocassions, said, "President Trump has used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists exclusively to sow division and hatred in our country". The embassy had been housed in Grosvenor Square since 1938, while its last building, designed by modernist Finnish American modernist architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1960, was granted a historical protection listing in 2009, limiting possible renovations and well as its potential resale value.

With Downing Street not commenting on the matter, the Liberal Democrats welcomed the news.

Despite Mr Trump publicly blaming predecessor Barack Obama, the U.S. announced plans to move to the new site in October 2008 - when his fellow Republican George W Bush was in the White House.

The Guardian ran a story that said President Trump "backed off" the visit and chose Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to replace him out of fear of protests.

The problem with that rationale is that Trump's tweet misrepresented the history of the U.S. Embassy move.

However, that provoked a sharp response from the UK's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson - who accused Mr Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of putting the UK's "crucial relationship" with the U.S. at risk.

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