Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Trump cancels London trip amid threats of mass protests

Trump cancels London trip amid threats of mass protests

Many Twitter users around the world, including in the United Kingdom, were apparently not convinced by President Donald Trump's tweets blaming his cancellation of his trip to London on the recently-relocated us embassy.

U.S. president Donald Trump said late on Thursday he no longer plans to attend the opening of a new USA embassy in London.

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The Guardian reported U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is likely to take Trump's place.

It said: "The US State Department today signed a conditional agreement with the real estate developer Ballymore to acquire a site in the Nine Elms Opportunity Area in Wandsworth for the construction of a new Embassy". Political observers noted that the move could also be motivated by the possibility of demonstrators protesting Trump's visit.

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But the relationship between Trump and May has been far from rosy.

Labour MP Chuka Umunna said that Britain didn't welcome Trump's views, he tweeted: "Nah.the reason is that we Brits aren't terribly welcoming of racists, misogynists and Islamophobes who promote hatred in our country".

May was among the first world leaders to invite Trump for a visit, but it was scaled back from an official state appointment to a working trip.

The new embassy will be moving from 24 Grosvenor Square to Nine Elms in south London - a decision that was made by the Bush administration.

After Donald Trump posted his tweet, the backlash soon followed.

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"We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building on Grosvenor Square", Tuttle said in 2008.

The US Government has attempted to purchase the building before, but the previous Duke reportedly said he would only sell it if the (considerable) land confiscated from his family during the War of Independence was returned.

Trump had also been scheduled to hold talks with prime minister May in No 10 Downing Street, with February 26 and 27 marked in the diary for the visit.

The US Embassy said the overall cost of the project was approximately one billion US dollars, while the president said it was slightly higher at 1.2 billion.

"I think Her Majesty the Queen is well capable of taking this American president - or indeed any American president - in her stride, as she has done over six remarkable decades", Johnson said.

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