President Trump is welcome in London: British PM May's spokesman

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

UK Government officials have been told by their American counterparts that the U.S. president has gone cold on the idea, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

Twitter users replied in hilarious fashion, poking fun at the tweet which announced the news while joking that many in south London would celebrate the cancellation.

President Donald Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"The invitation for a state Visit has been extended and accepted", the official said.

However, London mayor Sadiq Khan, with whom Trump has traded jibes before over terrorism in the United Kingdom capital, hit back, saying the president was wary of the "mass peaceful protests" he claimed would greet any visit by Trump.

Prime Minister Theresa May was the first world leader to visit Mr. Trump as president, and last week insisted that he "will be coming to this country".

London mayor Sadiq Khan said Mr Trump had "got the message" that people in the capital "find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values".

Khan said Trump "would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests" if he hadn't canceled the trip. And we thought: "'Wouldn't it be fun [to move] our own President Trump there, instead?'"

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also called out Trump for promoting the "vile, extremist" Britain First, which "exists exclusively to sow divisions and hatred in our country". "And you got the message". "I think it's disappointing", Farage told BBC Radio, The Independent reported. "Maybe, just maybe, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party planning mass protests, maybe those optics, he didn't like the look of", he said.

Another explanation could be reports that Trump isn't happy because he may not be invited to the forthcoming wedding of British royal Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Foreign heads of state should not automatically expect an invitation to the wedding, he added.

The visit scheduled for next month was not the state visit for which Prime Minister Theresa May had extended an invitation previous year, raising hackles in Britain. "The US is one of our oldest and most valued allies, and our strong and deep partnership will endure".

The new embassy is a veritable fortress set back at least 100 feet (30 metres) from surrounding buildings - mostly newly-erected high-rise residential blocks - and incorporating living quarters for U.S. Marines permanently stationed inside. The investors have sought approval to turn the building into a hotel, according to the project's website.

The decision to move the embassy from Grosvenor Square to its current location at Nine Elms was made after it was assessed that retrofitting the old building with updated security measures would be less efficient than building a modern facility.

State Department releases of the new glass cube have also praised its energy self-sufficiency and miniscule carbon footprint.

The new Nine Elms site, near Battersea in London, is due to open on 16 January.

However he has now cancelled the trip as he was unhappy about the sale of the former embassy "for peanuts" by the Obama administration.

The price hasn't been revealed.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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