Trump 'Got Message' On Opposition To Visit - London Mayor

Sadiq Khan and US President Donald Trump

Reuters AFPLondon mayor Sadiq Khan made a dig at Donald Trump in his speech to the Fabian Society

The clarification comes after Trump said he had cancelled his trip to London next month to officially open the new USA embassy in protest over its new location south of the River Thames, and the sale of the old building, in the upmarket Mayfair district.

"Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for 'peanuts, ' only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars".

The building is nicknamed "The Sugar Cube".

During May's USA trip a year ago, she extended an invitation to Trump to make a formal state visit - which includes pomp, pageantry and a banquet with Queen Elizabeth. "It seems he's finally got that message", tweeted Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" "Nothing to do with what would have been the biggest protests since the Iraq War", anti-hate activist Brendan Cox said in reply to Trump's tweet.

Upon hearing the news that Donald Trump would not be opening the USA embassy in London next month, waxwork museum Madame Tussauds stepped in to provide an alternative.

Facebook groups organizing for Trump's planned February visit called for one of the largest protests Britain had ever seen.

Annie Lennox Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Bianca Jagger lead crowds across Tower Bridge during the March4 Women event in London ahead of International Women's Day

Nigel Farage, the former leader of the Brexit supporting UKIP party, who claims to be a friend of Mr Trump, said the demonstrations were a possible factor in the cancellation.

In a BBC interview on Sunday, May insisted that Trump "will be coming to this country" in spite of the opposition.

Khan noted Trump's cancellation "reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place".

Woody Johnson, Trump's appointed USA ambassador to Britain, told reporters last month that moving to the new site at Nine Elms reflected "the global outlook of the USA going forward in the 21st century: rather looking out, than looking in".

Almost two million British people added their names to an online petition in 2017 calling for Trump's visit to be downgraded from a state visit to avoid embarrassing the queen.

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These triggered the resignation of education secretary Justine Greening and were branded a "lacklustre PR exercise" by Labour . The Northern Ireland secretary, James Brokenshire , has resigned because he needs surgery for a lesion on his right lung.

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