Trump Cancels Trip to London

Donald Trump and Theresa May

A Donald Trump waxwork was stationed outside the us embassy in London on Friday after the President canceled his visit next month month to open the building.

Boris Johnson has branded Sadiq Khan a "puffed up pompous popinjay" after the London Mayor welcomed Donald Trump cancelling a trip to the United Kingdom capital.

Trump claimed he had scrapped the trip because he didn't want to open the new US Embassy in London - blaming former President Obama for relocating the diplomatic headquarters.

The billion-dollar price tag is typical of an embassy construction of that size, and officials said it was financed entirely by the sale of other US property in England - not new taxpayer money.

Speaking to the Evening Standard today, Khan said that "without doubt" Trump's visit would have been met by huge protests.

As he trampled roughshod over diplomatic ties with some of the United States' closest allies in the first weeks of his presidency, it appeared that Donald Trump could likewise sabotage the "special relationship" that has existed between the US and Britain since the 1940s.

The US President had been due to open the new American embassy in London in February, but pulled out because he was "unhappy about the arrangements and scale of the visit", according to a report by The Daily Mail. "And you got the message". "Wanted me to cut the ribbon-NO!"

The trans-Atlantic alliance between the USA and Britain has been shaky ever since Trump assumed the presidency in January.

Citing security and environmental reasons, the US State Department had agreed to sell the current embassy building in Grosvenor Square to the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co, which intends to turn it into a luxury hotel. It said any official state visit should be axed "because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty, the Queen".

But the decision to cancel the visit will be an embarrassment to British Prime Minister Theresa May. "He has been to countries all over the world and yet he has not been to the one with whom he is closest".

Prime Minister Theresa May has stayed silent over Trump's decision.

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