Trump cancels London trip for embassy opening

Trump cancels London trip for embassy opening

President Trump has canceled a trip to London to open a new $1 billion US Embassy, a move that avoided protests promised by political opponents.

Labour lawmaker David Lammy, who had vowed to lead a protest against Trump if he visited, said the USA president was "too scared of us Londoners, who don't want him darkening our door". He was scheduled to visit the British capital next month to open the new facility.

He says the embassy's move to a site along the River Thames was a bad deal, tweeting: "Not a big fan of the Obama administration having sold, perhaps, the best-located and finest embassy in London for "peanuts" only to build a new one in an off-location for $1.2 billion".

"Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" the US president added. Trump wrote Thursday night. "President Trump wants us to work more closely than ever with the United Kingdom", said Johnson, adding he hoped the president would attend the opening ceremony.

"Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda", London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has often exchanged barbs with Trump on social media, tweeted.

He said Trump's visit "would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests".

May's spokesman told reporters Trump was welcome in London and that the invitation to visit had been accepted, although no date agreed. In 2009, it was given "listed" status which limits changes that can be made to the building's exterior because of its historical significance.

In November 2016, the Qatar royal family won approval from London officials to turn the building into 137-room luxury hotel.

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.

"He will be met by a million of us attempting a citizen's arrest of him for incitement of racial hatred", one group said, according to the Independent.

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