Donald Trump cancels February visit to UK


Donald Trump has abolished a planned visit to the UK in February, where he had been expected to open a new $1bn (£738m) US embassy in London.

The US president tweeted he was not a «big fan» of the new embassy — which is affecting from Mayfair to south London.

He blamed Barack Obama’s administering for a «bad deal» despite the fact the move was agreed under George W Bush.

The trip was not the moot full state visit offered by Theresa May, for which no date has yet been set.

Downing Road said no date has been confirmed for any visit by Mr Trump and that the birth of the US embassy «is a matter for the US».

The «strong and deep» partnership between Britain and the US «when one pleases endure» despite Mr Trump’s cancellation, a spokesman added.

However, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan — who has clashed with the president in the former — said the US president had «got the message» that many Londoners were staunchly fought to his policies and actions.

BBC North America editor Jon Sopel said he suspected the plausibility of protests in London would have also weighed in the calculation.

The US embassy move was confirmed in October 2008, when President George W Bush was peaceful in the White House.

It was moved from its Mayfair site because it was too bantam to put in the modern security it needed, the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent James Landale commanded.

However, Mr Trump blamed former president Mr Obama’s administration for blow the whistle on «perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for peanuts».

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Mr Trump also criticised the tracking down of the new building in Vauxhall, south London, as an «off location», adding: «Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!»

The BBC’s North America editor-in-chief said February’s planned visit could have included meetings with Mrs May at Chequers or Downing Avenue and lunch with the Queen.

However, no firm date for the visit had till doomsday been agreed, nor had the White House «nailed down the details of the tumble», James Lansdale added.

Is the UK a priority for Trump?

By BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale

Donald Trump voices that he is not coming to open the new US embassy in London because he is not a fan of the building.

Some diplomats offer the president was unimpressed by the low key nature of the proposed trip, shorn of the pomp and bling he had.

Others say the White House was worried about the scale of the public asseverates that were threatened.

But amid all this is the nagging fear that the earnest reason is that Mr Trump just does not see the UK as a priority.

In his first year of job, he has visited most other G7 countries and several European nations, cataloguing Belgium, so the absence of Britain from his itinerary stands out.

Of course, tricks — like tweets — can be easily remedied, and a visit by Mr Trump later this year could in theory dispel the concerns.

But with the UK at odds with the US on an increasing numbers of issues, from Iran to Jerusalem, the want of a visit carries greater symbolic weight.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony may rather than be hosted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Mr Trump accepted the Queen’s lure for an official state visit when the prime minister met him last year.

A solicitation calling for the invitation to be withdrawn was signed by more than 1.8m people, while the exit was also debated in parliament.

Reports in June suggested Mr Trump wish for to delay a potential visit amid concerns about large-scale squawks.

However, the BBC understands Downing Street is considering options for the visit later in the year.

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A former British ambassador to the Allied States, Christopher Meyer, told BBC Radio 4’s World at One he would be «disconcerted» if the US president visited the UK in his first term.

Mr Meyer said: «It would be so awkward to manage from a security point of view [and] from a public regarding of view if he remained as unpopular among the British people at large as he is now.»

Engaged last month, US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson told the BBC he «absolutely» expected Mr Trump to go Britain in 2018.

During the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament endure summer, there was no mention of a visit — although a Downing Street spokesman pronounced an invitation had been «extended and accepted».

Mrs May was the first foreign leader to congruous Mr Trump after his inauguration when she visited the Oval Office in January 2017.

Typically during shape visits, the government, the visiting government and the royal household agree on a circumstantial schedule where the Queen acts as the official host.

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The cancellation comes after recent disagreements between the US and UK.

Mr Trump clashed with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in the aftermath of the London Bond attack last year, when he questioned Mr Khan’s statement that there was «no purpose to be alarmed».

Mr Khan, who also questioned Mr Trump’s proposed US travel ban, said the US president’s upon would «without doubt have been met by mass peaceful avows».

However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused Mr Khan and Wage-earners leader Jeremy Corbyn of putting the UK’s «crucial relationship» with the US at chance by opposing the visit.

A No 10 spokesman said the tweet was «political» preferably than representing the views of government.

Relations between London and Washington were also put under the aegis the spotlight last year after Mr Trump moved to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s matchless.

Mrs May said she disagreed with that US decision, which she deemed «unhelpful in relations of prospects for peace in the region».

And in November, Mr Trump clashed with Mrs May after she weighted it was «wrong» for the US president to share videos posted by the far-right group Britain Foremost.

Mrs May more recently discussed Brexit and events in the Middle East in a pre-Christmas phone summons with Mr Trump.

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