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Trump Abruptly Cancels Visit To London

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Zero Hedge
January 12, 2018

Just days after President Trump surprised his political base by revealing that he would attend the globalist boondoggle also known as the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month accompanied by nearly every key player in his administration, the president announced on Twitter late last night that he had canceled a February state visit to London.

His excuse: Trump inexplicably claimed that he was canceling his trip because he didn’t want to cut the ribbon at the new US embassy in southwest London because the Obama administration had made a “bad deal.”

“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,” he wrote just before midnight local time. “Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”

This latest cancellation comes after State Department bureaucrats quietly quashed an informal visit that was scheduled to take place this month. At the time, Trump was angry at May and the rest of the British political establishment for criticizing Trump’s controversial retweets of several videos that his political opponents branded as “Islamophobic”. The tweets were initially sent by a British far-right group.

It also followed a Washington Post report that Trump disparaged El Salvador, Haiti and other African and South American countries as “shitholes” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of Senators.

As several media organizations quickly pointed out, the relocation plan Trump decided to use as an excuse for canceling his trip was actually effectuated in 2008 by the administration of President George W Bush.

According to the Guardian, security and environmental reasons, the US state department agreed to sell the current embassy building in Grosvenor Square to the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co, which plans to turn it into a luxury hotel. Estimates put the site’s value at £500m before it was made a listed building, which would have diminished the value because of restrictions on development.

To be more precise, the new embassy cost $1.2 billion, according to Al Jazeera, and is located near Battersea Power Station. Government officials have hinted to reporters that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be present to officially open the embassy, according to AJ.

The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, insinuated that Trump’s true reason for canceling his London trip was to avoid the mass protests that he would inevitably be met with upon his arrival.

“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 polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance,” Khan said on Friday.

“His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests. 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.”

May first invited Trump for the state visit a year ago, when she became the first foreign leader to visit Trump in the White House barely a week after his inauguration. Of course, as the Trump administration has repeatedly demonstrated, no decision is final until it’s final. There’s still time for the White House Communications Department to walk this one back.

This article was posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:57 am





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