USA embassy in London disagrees with Trump's reason for cancelling United Kingdom trip

USA embassy in London disagrees with Trump's reason for cancelling United Kingdom trip

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 USA 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 dollars", the president tweeted on Thursday.

The British government has extended Trump an invitation for a state visit.

The US President had been expected to visit the new £750m ($1bn) home for American diplomats on the banks of the River Thames as early as next month.

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

As an American living in London, however, I was embarrassed: not, for once, because of the behaviour of my president, but for my British hosts. "It seems he's finally got that message", wrote London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, on Twitter in response to Trump's message about his travel cancellation.

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.

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In Washington, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's comment was exclusively about an embassy-related visit.

"We are still working with our United Kingdom allies to find a date for a visit for the invitation that was offered and accepted, " she said Friday.

SOT: JEREMY SHAPIRO, RESEARCH DIRECTOR AT THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS (ENGLISH): Jeremy Shapiro of the European Council on Foreign Relations cautioned against trying to make sense of Trump's decision to postpone his trip.

His decision not to come was welcomed by critics outraged by the U.S. 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.

But hundreds of Brits, including ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband, took to social media to say Trump scrapped the trip because "nobody wanted you to come".

The mayor of London - who has been criticized by Trump in tweets - said Trump appeared to have "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".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a frequent defender of Trump, accused Khan and others of endangering the "crucial relationship". We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up...


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