Trump cancels UK trip

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President Donald Trump said he is calling off a planned trip to Britain, expressing displeasure with the impending opening of a new USA embassy building in London.

In late November past year, May criticized President Trump's retweet of videos from a British right-wing group that depicted alleged crimes by Muslims against non-Muslims. "Wanted me to cut the ribbon-NO!"

However, it has since been noted that his reasons for cancelling the visit are incorrect - as the New York Times claims that the decision to sell the old US Embassy was actually announced during the final year of George W.Bush's presidency in 2008.

Christian Warman, director of prime central London estate agency Tedworth Property, defended the decision to move the embassy, suggesting it was "very sensible", although he agreed Grosvenor Square was one of the best addresses in London.

A spokesperson for the prime minister said on Friday morning that the decision to cancel Trump's visit was "a matter for the United States".

But that doesn't mean Londoners are missing out.

It does not mean plans for the US President's state visit to the United Kingdom are off entirely, with a Downing Street spokesman reportedly telling the Daily Mail: An invitation for a state visit has been extended and accepted.

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".

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan accused Trump of promoting "vile, extremist" views. In December, Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the president.

Downing Street said no date has been confirmed for any visit by Trump and that the opening of the U.S. embassy "is a matter for the US".

The trip was not the controversial full state visit offered by Theresa May, for which no date has yet been set.

In the meantime, the relationship between May and Trump has come under strain.

The spat exploded when Trump called out May on Twitter because she gave a statement about his having shared right wing Islamophobic videos from Britain First.

The exchange prompted further calls to dump the visit.

Stand Up To Racism has called a demonstration outside the (current) USA embassy on 20 January. "But maybe, just maybe, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn, and the Labour party planning mass protests, those optics, he didn't like the look of".

President Trump fired off a series of critical tweets over Khan's handling of the attack, mocking the mayor's comments that there was "no reason to be alarmed" over armed police on the streets. "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

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