London Mayor Sadiq Khan celebrated the news that President Trump would not be visiting the city, saying Trump had “got the message” from Londoners who “have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here.”
“It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the poor opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance,” Khan said in a statement Friday. “His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests,” Khan continued, adding he hopes that Trump “also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda.”
Trump tweeted that he was cancelling his plans for the trip earlier today, but denied it was because of potential embarrassment. Instead, he blamed it on President Obama for making a bad deal on the new London embassy. In fact, the decision to move the London embassy was made by President Bush in 2008. The new embassy is larger, safer for US embassy workers, and is considered the most advanced embassy the US has. Because the US sold obsolete properties in London (including the previous embassy building) the US actually made money by building the new embassy. Last month, Ambassador Woody Johnson, who was appointed by Trump, called it a “bargain.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018