Trump cancels Britain trip, blames Obama for London embassy deal

Nicholas Kamm

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The White House says that President Donald Trump's tweet canceling a trip to London was in reference to a visit for the opening of the new US embassy and that efforts to schedule a later state visit continue.

U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a trip to London scheduled for next month to open a new embassy, saying he did not want to endorse a bad deal agreed by the Obama administration to sell the old one for "peanuts".

"It seems he's finally got that message". "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"

AT least Theresa May was spared some embarrassment when President Donald Trump chose to blame his predecessor Barack Obama for his impromptu decision not to visit London next month to officially open the new American Embassy. "Nothing to do with what would have been the biggest protests since the Iraq War", anti-hate activist Brendan Cox said in reply to Trump's tweet. He said the opening of the embassy was a matter for the US government.

Many politicians in the United Kingdom said the real reason for the cancellation was to avoid the growing number of anti-Trump protests planned for the president's visit.

The cancellation of the visit was "excellent news", said Lindsey German, organizer of the Stop the War Coalition, which had planned a large protest against Trump.

Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who has been mainly supportive of Trump's presidency, said he was disappointed by the cancellation.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It's disappointing - he has been to countries all over the world and yet he has not been to the one with whom he is closest".

Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration in January a year ago, and they were filmed emerging from the White House holding hands.

Woody Johnson, Trump's appointed United States ambassador to Britain, told reporters last month that moving to the new site at Nine Elms reflected "the global outlook of the USA going forward in the 21st century: rather looking out, than looking in".

Trump's critics believed he had pulled out of the trip over fears of mass protests over his impending state visit to the country, which is set to go ahead though no date has been confirmed by Downing Street.

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