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British govt says Trump cancelled United Kingdom visit for fear of protests

British govt says Trump cancelled United Kingdom visit for fear of protests

London's Madame Tussauds moved its wax figure of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE to the new US embassy in the city after the president canceled his visit to open the building next month.

The move came after concerns were raised that mass protests might break out against the president who had been slated for a "working visit" to the country for the embassy's opening.

This week, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed off suggestions a state visit to Britain by Mr Trump should be scrapped.

An invitation from May for Trump to visit Queen Elizabeth II has encountered growing opposition, fuelled in part by the president's Twitter criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan and his retweets of propaganda from a far-right British anti-Muslim group.

Some British lawmakers questioned whether Trump would be welcome in London because of previous tweets and criticism of Muslims and his sniping at London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the aftermath of a terror attack in that city a year ago.

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

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"Bad deal", Trump said, adding "wanted me to cut ribbon - NO!"

The current ambassador, Robert "Woody" Johnson, said the change was necessary even though the USA had been linked to Grosvenor Square for more than 200 years.

Trump confirmed late Thursday that he canceled his trip to cut the ribbon at the new US embassy, saying that he is "not a big fan" of an Obama-era real estate sale involving the new site.

The snub, reported by the Daily Mail, would be the second blow to Mr Trump and the UK's relationship. State Department spokesperson Frankie Sturm said officials considered more than 50 sites in the area, with a team of professionals scrutinising locations to meet more than 170 criteria, including some security requirements codified in law.

Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. "His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests". "It is the most secure, hi-tech and environmentally friendly embassy that the United States has ever built", Johnson wrote in the London Evening Standard.

But Johnson accused Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of damaging U.S. -Britain relations with their vocal criticism.


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