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

14 January, 2018, 00:27 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Mr Johnson suggested that Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, and Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, had scuppered the chance of a visit from the U.S. president in an effort to draw a partisan line on the issue.

Mr Khan was due to be making a speech in London but sat down and flicked through a newspaper instead when a small group of demonstrators disrupted the start.

The White House says that President Donald Trump's tweet canceling a trip to London was in reference to a visit for the opening of the new US embassy and that efforts to schedule a later state visit continue.

In response to the cancellation, London Mayor Sadiq Khan celebrated the news, saying the USA president "is not welcome here".

Trump's visit to Britain is expected to be accompanied by a large demonstration anytime.

"I doubt that President Trump wanted to expose himself to that".

The new embassy is certainly in a less-central and less-prestigious location in London.

Indeed, many in London believe the US president anticipated a horde of protesters would meet him there, as the billionaire-turned-politician has elicited much negative energy among many liberal groups in London, due to a perception - whether true or not - that he has discriminated against Muslims and Hispanics.


Mr Johnson tweeted at about 11am: "The US is the biggest single investor in the United Kingdom - yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk".

"Let's hope that Donald Trump also resists the pursuit of his divisive agenda". "It seems he's finally got that message", the London mayor tweeted.

"There won't be any impact on U.S. -UK relations", West said. "That is not likely to change at any point in the foreseeable future", West said.

Trump told May in a phone call last month that he planned to visit early in 2018.

Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, agreed that Trump canceled the trip likely because his arrival in London would be spoiled by protests by the British public.

Under domestic pressure, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Trump's re-tweeting was wrong, triggering the latter's retort demanding her not to focus on him, but on anti-terrorism efforts in her own nation. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the US leader from coming.

"We are still working with our United Kingdom allies to find a date for a visit for the invitation that was offered and accepted, " she said Friday.

Trump's critics believed he had pulled out of the trip over fears of mass protests over his impending state visit to the country, which is set to go ahead though no date has been confirmed by Downing Street.

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