Britain blames threat of protests as Trump cancels London trip

Britain blames threat of protests as Trump cancels London trip

Britain blames threat of protests as Trump cancels London trip

After Trump declared his disapproval with London's new U.S. embassy as the reason for cancelling his visit to the city, Madame Tussauds placed a waxwork of the President outside the building, CNN reported.

A Trump visit has been on the cards since British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the United States a few days after Trump's inauguration past year.

Just south of the River Thames, the cube-shaped embassy building is in sight of Westminster and part of a £15 billion, 561-acre regeneration project set to transform one of the South Bank's last remaining industrial stretches.

Relations between the U.S. and its closest ally have been tested repeatedly since Trump took office nearly a year ago.

He took to Twitter to explain why he called off the visit, which had sparked fears of mass protests and would have been his first to the United Kingdom as President.

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Embassy officials will have to put away the giant novelty scissors and ribbon though, because whatever the reason, he says he's not coming.

The mayor of London - who has been criticized by Trump in tweets - said Trump appeared to have "got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance". In December, Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the president.

One prominent British Trump fan suggested he may have been looking for a good excuse to call off a visit. It's possible that plans for "mass protests, those optics he didn't like the look of".

The U.S. Embassy says the new building cost $1 billion, funded entirely through the sale of other U.S. properties in London.

In 2009, the Obama State Department agreed to sell the Grosvenor Square building where the USA embassy was located to the Qatar royal family.

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"Who his Royal Highness Prince Harry and Miss Markle invite to their wedding is really a matter for them", said senior Conservative Party lawmaker Tom Tugendhat.

"The US is one of our oldest and most valued allies, and our strong partnership will endure", May's spokesman Blain said.

This week, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed off suggestions a state visit to Britain by Mr Trump should be scrapped.

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