Donald Trump sparks UK political row after cancelling London trip

AFP
Published Jan 13, 2018, 2:10 am IST
Updated Jan 13, 2018, 2:14 am IST
Trump said he was abandoning next month's trip to open the new US embassy because he did not like the location and cost of the building.
Donald Trump
 Donald Trump

London: British foreign secretary Boris Johnson warned Friday that UK-US relations were at risk after US President Donald Trump cancelled a trip to London amid warnings of mass protests.

Trump said he was abandoning next month's trip to open the new US embassy because he did not like the location and cost of the building.

 

But Johnson suggested the decision was prompted by the strong public and political opposition to Trump in Britain, warning that critics “seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk”. Prime Minister Theresa May offered Trump a state visit to Britain one year ago, when she became the first foreign leader to visit the White House after his inauguration.

But the date has yet to be set in the face of deep hostility to the president in Britain, prompting speculation it could be turned into a lower profile trip focused around the opening of the new embassy.

Trump tweeted overnight that he would not attend the opening, initially scheduled for next month.

“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. “Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon - NO!” 

His decision was welcomed by critics who deplored the US travel ban on Muslim-majority countries.

“Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he's finally got that message,” tweeted Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. 





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