President Donald Trump approved late Thursday that he canceled a errand to London next month to help open the brand-new U.S. Embassy there, saying he did not support the project and that onetime President Barack Obama crafted a “bad deal” to see it built.
“Reason I canceled my tour to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest delegation in London for’ peanuts, ’ merely to build a new one in an off site for 1.2 billion dollars, ” Trump tweeted, before resuming: “Bad consider. Demanded me to chip ribbon-NO! ”
The process to move the delegation actually started during President George W. Bush’s tenure.
“This has been a long and careful process, ” Robert Tuttle, former U.S. envoy to Britain, said in October 2008. “In the end, we realized that the goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable embassy could best be met by erecting a new facility.”
Trump’s commentaries come amid reports under British media that the White House was worried about mass affirms during the president’s visit. Multiple outlets say Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may travel to the U.K. instead.
British Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit the country last year during her sojourn to the White House after the U.S. election. But the specter of such a summon has been increasingly contentious.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, an outspoken Trump critic , welcomed the trip’s cancellation.
“Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive plan, ” Khan said in a tweet . “It seems he’s lastly came that message.
Khan has hitherto called on May to nullify the invitation after Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos from a far-right Twitter account in November, accusing the U.S. chairman of promoting a “vile, activist group, ” The Associated Press reported at the time.
“Many Brits who love America and Americans will see this as a betrayal of the special concerning the relationship between our two countries, ” Khan, who is London’s first Muslim mayor, said in a statement released. “It beggars creed that the President of our closest ally doesn’t should be noted that his support of this activist group actively undermines the values of tolerance and diversification that utters Britain so great.”