Citing fake excuse Trump cancels UK visit

President Donald Trump has cancelled a visit to the UK that had been planned for next month, blaming it on Barack Obama (in a factually incorrect tweet). Reactions in the UK had caused ructions between the Foreign Secretary and the Mayor of London, and applause from a number of Labour MPs.

It is claimed that Trump is avoiding protests that had been promised.

The Telegraph: Donald Trump cancels UK visit, blaming Barack Obama for a ‘bad embassy deal’, as Sadiq Khan says he ‘finally got the message’

US president Donald Trump has confirmed he will not travel to the UK to open the new American embassy next month, blaming the decision to relocate the building to an “off location”.

Hitting out at former US leader Barack Obama, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter early on Friday that he thought the embassy’s move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious Mayfair district of central London to Nine Elms, south of the Thames, in a 1.2 billion dollar (£886 million) project was a “bad deal”.

So if it was something already known why did Trump agree to open the embassy in the first place?

In December, US Ambassador Woody Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the president when he visited, adding: “I think he will be very impressed with this building and the people who occupy it.”

Mr Trump’s decision not to head across the Atlantic comes despite Mrs May saying that a future visit was still on the cards last week.

In typical fashion Trump made his (factually incorrect) excuse  via Twitter.

Seems like he is using Obama as a scapegoat. And getting things wrong.

Despite Mr Trump publicly blaming his predecessor Obama, the US announced its plans to move to the new embassy site in October 2008 – when George W Bush was in the White House. The new building will open on January 16.

It is being widely surmised that Trump wants to avoid protests promised during his visit.

Mrs May controversially extended the offer of a state visit – officially on behalf of the Queen – when she became the first world leader to meet Mr Trump in the White House following his inauguration last year.

Since then, however, the president has indicated he does not want to take up the invitation if he is going to face mass demonstrations and it had been expected he could make a low-key working visit rather than a trip which involved all the trappings of a state occasion.

Sadiq Khan, the Labour Mayor of London, welcomed the decision and claimed it showed Mr Trump had “got the message” that he would not be welcome in the capital.

But Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, attacked Mr Khan’s response and accused him and Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, of putting the special relationship “at risk”.

Mr Johnson described Mr Khan as a “puffed up pompous popinjay”.

But others also applauded the visit backflip by Trump.

Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Jo Swinson said: “News that Trump has thrown his toys out of the pram and cancelled his trip to the UK will be welcomed by all of us who reject his abhorrent views.

“But it’s a disappointing sign of how weak May’s leadership is that she wasn’t brave enough to call the visit off herself.

“The Prime Minister should be ashamed that she was so keen to roll out the red carpet to a man who spreads hate and division at every turn, and goes out of his way to undermine British values.”

Ex Labour leader Ed Miliband:

Labour MP for Tottenham, David Lammy:

Labour MP Stephen Doughty:

Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Tugendhat:

“While I think it’s a shame, I think – if I’m honest – it more reflects the fact that other people criticise in French, Italian, Korean and other languages and we criticise in English, and it’s much easier for him to read English.”

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage:

“It is disappointing. He has been to countries all over the world and yet he has not been to the one with whom he is closest.

“I would say it is disappointing. Maybe, just maybe, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party planning mass protests, maybe those optics he didn’t like the look of.”

Whatever triggered the late withdrawal it has highlighted the unpredictability of Trump, reinforced his reputation for making fake excuses, and caused some division in the UK.

Fox News reported on this briefly – Trump: London visit canceled over Obama administration decision

President Trump has cancelled plans to visit the United Kingdom next month, according to reports out of London on Thursday.

He later blamed a move by former president Obama for the decision to cancel.

That reported quoted Trump’s tweet blaming Obama, but did not mention that the decision to move the US embassy was made while GW Bush was president.

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15 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 13, 2018

    The decision may have been announced in the last days of the Bush presidency but it was implemented by Obama?

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 13, 2018

      Either Trump is ignorant here or he is delusional.

  2. Gezza

     /  January 13, 2018

    That (Fox) report quoted Trump’s tweet blaming Obama, but did not mention that the decision to move the US embassy was made while GW Bush was president.

    I’ve watched Fox News for several hours over the past 3 days, out of curiosity – to see what it is that Trump’s watching. Pretty awful. I can see the attraction for him. Talk about alt right. There’s not even an attempt to present the news in a neutral fashion, some of them rave about liberals during their announcements, that sort of thing.

    There’s a lot of Trump ego-massaging & the above is a fairly typical example of their approach – rah rah Trump deciding not to go, ignore the fact he either lied about the moving of the Embassy decision being Obama’s, or was too lazy to check the facts.

    But, to be fair, some of the other networks are just as unbalanced & extreme in the other direction, with any items on Trump invariably entirely negative & accompanied by disparaging commentary that goes on & on too.

    I don’t know if there is any tv news outlet over there that’s capable of simply presenting the news without attacking either Trump & Republicans or Hillary & Democrats in the process.

    Personally I don’t blame Trump for not visiting London. What would be the point? Just going there to be abused by thousands? Far better for him to visit places like Saudi Arabia where nobody is allowed to protest & the hosts tell him how wonderful he is. Something he could be in complete agreement with.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 13, 2018

      Trump and the Bushes are not a mutual admiration society either, but he didn’t say it was because Obama did it, he said it was because he disapproved of it. Also the process was implemented by Obama so that was not factually incorrect. Yes, it probably is a convenient excuse but that’s all there is to it.

      • Gezza

         /  January 13, 2018

        🤔 So you are saying he was just being diplomatic, Sir Alan? 😳

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 13, 2018

          You could certainly say that, Sir Gerald. Of course Trumpy gets criticised when he is diplomatic and when he isn’t. C’est la vie.

        • NOEL

           /  January 13, 2018

          Diplomatic,Trump great stand up line.
          Would that be similar to “I’m going to make America great again”?

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  January 13, 2018

            If Obama was honest why didn’t he say “I am going to make America weak again”?

            • If Trump was honest why didn’t he say “I’m going to make America weak by alienating us from the rest of the world”?

            • Blazer

               /  January 13, 2018

              what Trump meant was ‘I’m going to make America…grate…again’.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 13, 2018

              Old joke.

  3. David

     /  January 13, 2018

    The English are ridiculous over Trump, and I am English, and their politicians use him as a way of deflecting from the awful way they are running the place. They welcome all sorts of despots from all over the globe but Trump is somehow awful, with Brexit a degree of civility would be sensible approach.
    Watch May cuddle up to the Hungarian prime minister, the Polish one and others who are no less inflammatory.

    • Blazer

       /  January 13, 2018

      ‘The English are ridiculous over Trump, and I am English,’…ipso facto…thanks for confirming that..David.

  4. unitedtribes2

     /  January 13, 2018

    It is because of UKs inclusive policies that 20% of my neighbours are immigrants from London. The trouble is that what used to be the “other point of view” are now “radical activists”