Trump got the message that he's not welcomed: London Mayor

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

While Trump had claimed that he called off the visit because he didn't want to open the new USA embassy in south London and termed the decision to move the building from Mayfair to Vauxhall as a "bad deal".

The US embassy in London said its move to a new location has been completed within budget - just hours after Donald Trump described it as a "bad deal".

The new 12-storey, cube-shaped building, designed by American architects KieranTimberlake, is located in a regenerated area on the south bank of the River Thames.

In 2008, when George W. Bush was president, the United States signed a conditional agreement to acquire a site for the construction of a new embassy in the Nine Elms area of Wandsworth, southwest London.

The main reason cited was security: USA officials said it would have taken several years and hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the old embassy, completed in 1960, up to standard.

"The US is one of our oldest and most valued allies and our strong and deep partnership will endure", he said.

The idea had gradually evolved into a working visit in which Trump would open the London embassy.

Ms May controversially extended the offer of a state visit when she became the first world leader to meet Mr Trump in the White House following his inauguration past year.

Mrs May controversially extended the offer of a state visit, officially on behalf of the Queen, when she became the first world leader to meet Mr Trump in the White House following his inauguration previous year.

There had been speculation that the trip would be merged with a planned state visit to Britain offered to Trump by Prime Minister Theresa May. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"

Asked about the PM's views on south London after the president described the embassy's new site as an "off location", the spokesman said: "I think Vauxhall is a vibrant and important part of London and home to many businesses". In December, Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the president. 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.

At the time, the PM said Mr Trump was "wrong" to retweet the videos, and the USA president hit back at Ms May on Twitter by telling her to focus on "destructive radical Islamic terrorism" in the United Kingdom, rather than on him.

The exchange prompted further calls to dump the visit.

"His visit ... would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests", Khan said.

The mayor of London - who has been criticized by Trump in tweets - said Trump appeared to have "got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance". "But maybe Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party planning mass protests, maybe those optics he didn't like the look of".

"We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed-up, pompous popinjay in City Hall", Johnson tweeted.

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