Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Donald Trump cancels February visit to UK

Passenger trains pass through Battersea Park rail station as construction work continues on the Battersea Power Station residential and retail development complex in London in December View Slideshow
Ellis Copeland | 13 January, 2018, 06:50

"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.

"Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda", London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has often exchanged barbs with Trump on social media, tweeted.

Kahn even questioned Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May's urgency to extend an invitation of a state visit to Trump in the first place.

While the date of a Trump visit had never been confirmed, speculation suggested the president would formally open the embassy at a ceremony in February. "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed-up, pompous popinjay in City Hall".

On the embassy web page about the project, it said: "The project has been funded entirely by the proceeds of the sale of other US Government properties in London, not through appropriated funds".

Mr Khan had said the USA president had "got the message" from Londoners and would have been met by "mass peaceful protests" if he went ahead with plans to open the new embassy.

He blamed Barack Obama's administration for a "bad deal" despite the fact the move was agreed under George W Bush.

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

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Woody Johnson, Trump's appointed USA ambassador to Britain, told reporters last month that moving to the new site at Nine Elms reflected "the global outlook of the United States going forward in the 21st century: rather looking out, than looking in". "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"

Last year, a petition to stop Trump from making an official state visit to Britain garnered over 1.8 million signatures. "In the end, we realized that the goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable embassy could best be met by constructing a new facility".

In an article in London's Evening Standard newspaper yesterdayy, USA ambassador Woody Johnson said Washington was "re-investing in the special relationship".

He conceded that the former building in upmarket Mayfair, central London, was a "perfect location" but noted it was viewed as too vulnerable following the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The new embassy on the South Bank is a veritable fortress set back at least 30 metres from surrounding buildings - mostly newly-erected high-rise residential blocks - and incorporates living quarters for the US Marines permanently stationed inside. It will be open for business on January 16.

The U.S. State Department ran a competition to design the new building in 2008.

Bemused construction workers and passers-by took selfies with the Trump waxwork, which was first unveiled at Madame Tussauds in January past year.

Nigel Farage, the former leader of the Brexit supporting UKIP party, who claims to be a friend of Mr Trump, said the demonstrations were a possible factor in the cancellation.

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