British govt says Trump cancelled United Kingdom visit for fear of protests

British govt says Trump cancelled United Kingdom visit for fear of protests

In fact, it was the George W. Bush administration that decided more than a decade ago to relocate the embassy during a worldwide push for greater security at USA diplomatic sites.

London's Madame Tussauds moved its wax figure of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE to the new US embassy in the city after the president canceled his visit to open the building next month.

"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 U.S. dollars (S$1.5 billion)", he wrote.

However, London's mayor Sadiq Khan, who has been a target of Mr Trump's twitter tirades, said the president had "got the message" that he was not welcome in the United Kingdom capital. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO".

"His visit ... would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests", Khan said.

But at least one prominent British Cabinet official took no joy in the gloating.

But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson suggested the decision was prompted by the opposition to Trump in Britain and warned such critics "seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk".

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"Vauxhall is a vibrant and important part of London and home to many businesses", May's spokesman Max Blain told reporters on Friday. The uproar came after Trump re-tweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by a leader of the far-right group Britain First - a tiny group that regularly posts inflammatory videos. "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

The latter controversy sparked a diplomatic spat between Theresa May and Mr Trump, after the Prime Minister condemned the US President's actions.

"Just like the rest of the country, we woke up to the news of Trump having canceled his visit", Treacy said.

Shortly after Trump's inauguration, around 100,000 demonstrators hit the streets of London for the Women's March in solidarity with anti-Trump rallies worldwide.

Facebook groups organizing for Trump's planned February visit called for one of the largest protests Britain had ever seen. On a Facebook event page, more than 8,000 registered to attend a rally for an event that wasn't even scheduled.

Hundreds have taken to social media to say Trump had backed out because he was "not welcome". Karla Adam is a London correspondent for the Washington Post.

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