Trump cancels visit to London

Marie Harrington
January 14, 2018

Sadiq Khan said the United States president had "got the message" from Londoners and would have been met by "mass peaceful protests" if he went ahead with plans to open the new embassy.

Mr Khan was due to be making a speech in London but sat down and flicked through a newspaper instead when a small group of demonstrators disrupted the start.

President Donald Trump has canceled a trip to London to open the new $1 billion U.S. Embassy in the British capital, a move that avoided protests promised by political opponents.

In response to the cancellation, London Mayor Sadiq Khan celebrated the news, saying the US president "is not welcome here". In December, USAmbassador to Panama John Feeley resigned in protest of Trump's policies, ahead of the president deriding Latin American nations such as Haiti and El Salvador as "s***hole countries", Reuters reported Friday.

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Some British lawmakers questioned whether Trump would be welcome in London because of previous tweets and criticism of Muslims and his sniping at London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the aftermath of a terror attack in that city a year ago.

Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. "It seems he's finally got that message", the London mayor tweeted. Mr Khan, a member of the main opposition Labour Party, said there would have been "mass peaceful protests", and that it was a "mistake" to invite him. "That is not likely to change at any point in the foreseeable future", West said.

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One prominent British Trump fan suggested he may have been looking for a good excuse to call off a visit.

"That said, U.S. -UK relations have been through worse, and structurally I don't see huge problems (between the two allies)", he said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has repeatedly clashed with Trump, welcomed the cancellation of the trip as well.

He even reckoned that Trump might believe his trip would put pressure on British politicians to distance themselves from himself, the president of Britain's closest ally. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the USA leader from coming.

Trump's statement further irritated London as many people and government officials asked May to withdraw her invitation to Trump to pay a state visit.

A Trump visit has been on the cards since British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the United States a few days after Trump's inauguration previous year.

"We are still working with our United Kingdom allies to find a date for a visit for the invitation that was offered and accepted, " she said Friday.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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