Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Cancels State Visit To UK

Trump Cancels State Visit To UK

Donald Trump has backed off the idea of visiting Britain next month to open the new United States embassy in London amid fears of mass protests.

LONDON-U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a trip to London scheduled for next month to open a new embassy, because he considers the embassy's relocation a "bad deal".

President Donald Trump answers a question during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2018.

United States President Donald Trump has shelved plans to open the new USA embassy in London next month, according to reports.

MPs have repeatedly called for the offer of a state visit for the president to be withdrawn after his crackdown on immigration from majority-Muslim countries and promotion of far-right group Britain First on Twitter.

The new embassy was designed by Kieran Timberlake architects is moving from Grosvenor Square to its new home overlooking the Thames from the south bank.

The president accepted Theresa May's invitation after she visited the U.S. following his inauguration, he's said to have expressed concerns over the plans with his advisors though.

What's he thinking about
What's he thinking about?Image Alastair Grant AP REX Shutterstock

President Trump isn't afraid to call a bad deal when he sees one.

British opposition politicians said Trump was not welcome in the U.K. Former opposition Labour party leader leader Ed Miliband tweeted to Trump that the reason he cancelled was really "because nobody wanted you to come".

Trump accepted a separate invitation for an official state visit when he met Prime Minister Theresa May past year. The embassy had been housed in Grosvenor Square since 1938, while its last building, designed by modernist Finnish American modernist architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1960, was granted a historical protection listing in 2009, limiting possible renovations and well as its potential resale value.

The latest development followed reports that Mr Trump wanted to delay a potential visit amid concerns about large-scale protests.

Political observers noted that the move could also be motivated by the possibility of demonstrators protesting Trump's visit.

Relations between Trump and May soured significantly past year when May criticised Trump for redistributing social media material from the extremist group Britain First.

Trump has sparked alarm among diplomats by repeatedly entering into Twitter spats with key public figures, including North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to whom he recently boasted about the size of the USA nuclear arsenal.

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