Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says Trump 'got the message' over United Kingdom visit

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says Trump 'got the message' over United Kingdom visit

On Thursday night, Trump tweeted that he would cancel next month's trip to London, writing that he disagreed with what the former administration did regarding the USA embassy there.

The embassy says the new building was funded entirely by the proceeds of the sale of other USA government properties in London, not through appropriated funds.

He blamed the Obama administration for the change, but the decision was actually announced when George W Bush was in charge.

U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled a trip to London scheduled for next month to open a new embassy, blaming Barack Obama for selling off the old one for "peanuts" in a bad deal.

Khan said Trump's visit would "without doubt have been met with mass peaceful protests" and that it was a mistake for Prime Minister Theresa May to invite him on a state visit. "It seems he's finally got that message", tweeted Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Mr Trump's decision not to visit was welcomed by critics outraged by the USA 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.

Just south of the River Thames, the cube-shaped embassy building is in sight of Westminster and part of a £15 billion, 561-acre regeneration project set to transform one of the South Bank's last remaining industrial stretches.

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But that has strained into a special misunderstanding this week, after President Trump pulled out of the new London embassy dedication slated for next week and blasted the billion-dollar construction of the glassy diplomatic headquarters. In December, Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the president.

Relations between the United States and its closest ally have been tested repeatedly since Trump took office nearly a year ago.

MPs have repeatedly called for the offer of a state visit for the US President to be withdrawn following his crackdown on immigration from majority-Muslim countries and promotion of far-right group Britain First on Twitter. Trump posted on social media platform Twitter.

Londoners "have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here", Khan said.

He took to Twitter to say his first trip to Britain since being elected a year ago was off amid claims he feared mass street protests and blamed his predecessor Barack Obama for selling off the former embassy in Grosvenor Square "for peanuts".

Mr Johnson tweeted at about 11am: "The US is the biggest single investor in the United Kingdom - yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk". But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the USA leader from coming.

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