Boris Johnson attacks Labour in row over Donald Trump's cancelled visit

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

President Donald Trump's decision to forgo a visit to London to open a new USA embassy kindled doubts about his justification for staying away - even from his own nation's diplomats.

A United Kingdom official said on Friday that the invitation to Trump for a state visit, first extended by May during her visit to the U.S. early in Trump's presidency, still stands, the CNN report said.

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"London mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted Trump had "got the message" that he was not welcome, referring to the backlash over the Queen's invitation". United States officials surveyed more than 50 sites before zeroing in on the site in Vauxhall, which is south of the river Thames, for the new embassy.

A model of US President Donald Trump from the Madame Tussaud's waxwork attraction more than four miles away was placed outside the new embassy building, due to open for business on January 16, after the president's announcement.


Mr Trump claimed he had cancelled his trip the trip because he was unhappy that the embassy had been moved from Mayfair to Nine Elms in south west London.

"Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am 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 dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" The move, which ended a 200-year US association with London's Grosvenor Square, was part of American efforts to secure diplomatic staff in compounds - a push tied to terror concerns after al Qaeda bombings at two USA embassies in East Africa a decade ago. "This just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place". The uproar came after Trump re-tweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by a leader of the far-right group Britain First - a tiny group that regularly posts inflammatory videos. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the US leader from coming.


Last night British officials said the visit was canned for "personal reasons" after a series of perceived slights. He said his countrymen love and admire America and Americans but find Trump's policies polar opposite to the city's values, Khan said in a statement released on Twitter on Friday. "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

He took to Twitter to say his first trip to Britain since being elected a year ago was off amid claims he feared mass street protests and blamed his predecessor Barack Obama for selling off the former embassy in Grosvenor Square "for peanuts".


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