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London mayor calls out Trump's reason for cancelling United Kingdom visit

14 January 2018

DONALD TRUMP has "got the message" that he is not welcome in the UK, London mayor Sadiq Khan said after the U.S. president cancelled his planned visit.

Trump was billed to open the new USA embassy, in Vauxhall, London, in late-February, but announced on Thursday morning that he had chose to cancel these plans. Trump blamed the Obama administration for the move, accusing it of selling the old embassy for "peanuts" in a "bad deal".

A petition calling for President Trump not to be invited to make an official state visit to the United Kingdom, which was launched before last year's general election, has secured close to 1.9 million signatures.

However, the decision to sell the former American embassy in London's Grosvenor Square was actually taken in 2008, prior to Obama becoming president and was reportedly driven by security concerns.

Trump's comments come amid reports in British media that the White House was anxious about mass protests during the president's visit. "Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda", Khan said in a statement following Trump's tweet.

However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused Mr Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of putting the UK's "crucial relationship" with the USA at risk by opposing the visit.

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Trump was expected to open the Embassy in February but sources suggest that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will instead attend the ceremony.

A Madame Tussauds wax figure of President Donald Trump outside the new USA embassy in southwest London on Friday. The move, which ended a 200-year US association with London's Grosvenor Square, was part of American efforts to secure diplomatic staff in compounds - a push tied to terror concerns after al-Qaida bombings at two USA embassies in East Africa a decade ago.

He said Donald Trump "got the message" that many Londoners opposed the visit.

Mr. Trump has already visited France, Poland, Japan, and China as US president, with little or no protest or opposition. Trump was one of the few world leaders to endorse the move, and May's government has been courting closer ties to Washington, particularly in the area of bilateral trade.

However, Councillor Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, has hit back saying: "If Nine Elms was off-location yesterday, it is certainly centre stage today".

US President Donald Trump has canceled his trip to London with a tweet, in what appears to be a major diplomatic snub to Britain.

London mayor calls out Trump's reason for cancelling United Kingdom visit