Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

White House: Trump didn't reject United Kingdom state visit

White House: Trump didn't reject United Kingdom state visit

By GCR Staff0 CommentsUS President Donald Trump cancelled his visit to London to open the new US embassy because he was put off by the prospect of mass protests against him, the city's mayor Sadiq Khan has claimed. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" he tweeted.

The outspoken Trump critic also took a jab at Prime Minister Theresa May for extending the invitation to the USA president.

However, the relocation plan was first reported when former President George W Bush was still in the White House, in 2008.

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 past year.

Trump's description of the embassy's new South London site as "off location", also drew a response from Downing Street, with the spokesperson saying that "Vauxhall is a vibrant and important part of London and home to many businesses. It seems he's finally got that message", Khan tweeted.

A petition to stop Trump - who is deeply unpopular in Britain - from making an official state visit garnered over 1.8 million signatures previous year amid a backlash over his controversial travel ban, CNN reported.

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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.

May and Trump fell out in November over his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen.

Thomas Cole, head of policy for the cross-party, pro-EU group Open Britain, said Trump was "showing early signs of panic here [and is] perhaps less committed to a bilateral [trade] deal with United Kingdom than some had thought".

"Congratulations", one person said.

A spokesperson for May told Reuters that the invitation was accepted although no formal date was set. Trump has now visited Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, China, Japan, France and Germany among others without visiting London.

"He's been to countries all over the world and yet he's not been to the one with which he's closest", he said.

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