Fearful Trump Cancels London Visit
US President Donald Trump has cancelled a scheduled visit to London next month to open the new US embassy in fear that he will be faced with mass protests and condemnation.
However, Trump stated that his reason for cancelling the trip was because he wasn’t happy with the Obama administration selling the existing embassy for “peanuts” and building a new embassy for $1.2bn. The president might have wanted to fact-check before taking to Twitter, as the plan to move the embassy from the current site in Mayfair to Nine Elms in South London, was initially announced in October 2008. This was the period when George W Bush was still president of the United States, so it was before Barack Obama was elected.
In an act of impulse that the world is all too aware of, the “Commander in Chief” took to his smartphone to Tweet his displeasure of the embassy relocation: “Reason I cancelled 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!”
It is understood now that US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will be taking the reins of the ceremonial duties at the official opening of the new US embassy.
Like clockwork, Donald Trump’s tweet got reaction from commentators from both sides of the pond. Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Jo Swinson said: "News that Trump has thrown his toys out of the pram and cancelled his trip to the UK will be welcomed by all of us who reject his abhorrent views. But it's a disappointing sign of how weak May's leadership is that she wasn't brave enough to call the visit off herself. The Prime Minister should be ashamed that she was so keen to roll out the red carpet to a man who spreads hate and division at every turn, and goes out of his way to undermine British values," she concluded.
A Trump State Visit?
Trump’s visit to London next month would have been more of a “working visit” to cut the ribbon at the new embassy and to meet with Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Plans for a state visit are still currently on the cards. A spokesperson for Downing Street told the Daily Mail: “An invitation for a state visit has been extended and accepted.” That being said, many MPs have called for the state visit to be withdrawn, following the president’s crackdown on immigration from majority-Muslim countries and his openly endorsing far-right group Britain First via Twitter, which was also condemned by Theresa May.
With the high probability that Trump would be faced with mass protest groups upon his state visit to London, officials have been looking at ways for Trump to meet the Queen, without the usual pomp and ceremony of normal state visits. A watered-down state visit, via the backdoor. Because of the complexities of organising a more lowkey state visit, a date has yet to be formalised.
In other Trump news
This latest tweet from Donald Trump came after he made salacious remarks about immigrants residing in the US. The remarks were made during talks on a bipartisan immigration deal. This comes as the Trump administration has been trying to limit the number of family members of immigrants who can enter the US, and has moved to end the protected status of thousands of immigrants already living in the US.
Trump’s heinous remarks came as lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties visited him on Thursday to propose a bipartisan immigration deal. Democratic senator Richard Durbin had just been discussing US temporary residency permits granted to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics. The US president responded by asking: “Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?” He then went on to say that the US should be looking at taking in migrants from countries such as Norway. The country must have been fresh of the president’s mind, as the Norwegian prime minister had visited him on Wednesday.
No one from the White House has made any attempts to deny these remarks and a spokesperson from the United Nations (UN), Rupert Colville, condemned the outburst as “shocking”. “shameful” and “racist.”
"If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States, I'm sorry but there is no other word for this but racist,” he said. "These go against the universal values the world has been striving for" since the end of the World War Two, and opened "the door wider to humanity's worst side,” he continued.
Other political figures have also spoken out against Trumps comments. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democratic lawmaker, tweeted: "I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency."