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

Trump visit 'would have provoked protests'

Trump visit 'would have provoked protests'

Trump appeared to be referencing the United States Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London, a concrete building in a ritzy neighborhood.

However, the move of the Embassy from London's swanky Mayfair to Nine Elms Lane in South London was overseen by President George W. Bush rather than President Obama.

The U.S. presence on Grosvenor Square goes back to the late 18th century, when future president John Adams was the first U.S. envoy to England.

On the embassy web page about the project, it said: "The project has been funded entirely by the proceeds of the sale of other US Government properties in London, not through appropriated funds".

Mass protests have already taken place against such a visit, and bigger ones might be expected were he to attempt a trip.

Trump put all speculation about the visit to rest with a tweet shortly before midnight Thursday.

During the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament last summer, there was no mention of a visit - although a Downing Street spokesman said an invitation had been "extended and accepted".

Media reports said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would probably replace Trump for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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The president's tweets came after British newspapers ran stories announcing the cancellation of his London trip, which the news articles attributed to concerns about protests against the USA leader.

But a full-blown state visit replete with golden carriages and pomp has been deferred amid the threat of huge anti-Trump protests.

A spokesperson for the prime minister said on Friday morning that the decision to cancel Trump's visit was "a matter for the USA".

Battersea Labour MP Marsha De Cordova said Mr Trump was "scared to come to London because of all the peaceful protests he will face".

British Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit the country previous year during her sojourn to the White House after the US election.

Khan had commented at the time saying he was "not welcome" to visit the United Kingdom saying "President Trump. used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists exclusively to sow division and hatred in our country".

Under domestic pressure, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Trump's re-tweeting was wrong, triggering the latter's retort demanding her not to focus on him, but on anti-terrorism efforts in her own nation.

It said any official state visit should be axed "because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty, the Queen".

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