Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

President Trump's decision reveals our place in the world

President Trump's decision reveals our place in the world

President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he canceled a trip to London because he refused to officiate the opening of a new us embassy. It is understood that in Trump's absence the USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson will now cut the ribbon.

He concluded: "Let's hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has now responded saying that Trump "got the message" from Londoners, and alluded that Trump's real reason for cancellation is fear of protests - something that has been widely speculated. Trump wrote on Twitter on late Thursday night.

A petition to stop Trump - who is deeply unpopular in Britain - from making an official state visit garnered over 1.8 million signatures a year ago amid a backlash over his controversial travel ban, CNN reported.

When asked if the Prime Minister was concerned that Khan was damaging the "special relationship", the Downing Street spokesman replied: "No, the U.S. and the United Kingdom are natural, resilient and strong partners and allies and we do more together than any two countries in the world".

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

"Meeting the challenge of providing a modern, open and secure American diplomatic facility in London, the U.S. State Department today signed a conditional agreement with the real estate developer Ballymore to acquire a site in the Nine Elms Opportunity Area in Wandsworth for the construction of a new Embassy", the State Department announced on October 2, 2008.

The White House said it will announce details "soon" of Trump's proposed visit to the UK.

"The invitation has been extended and accepted", the spokesman said, according to Reuters, adding that no date has been confirmed."The one of our oldest and most valued allies and our strong and deep partnership will endure".

"It's disappointing. He's been to countries all over the world and yet he's not been to the one with whom he's closest. Nothing to do with what would have been the biggest protests since the Iraq War", anti-hate activist Brendan Cox said in reply to Trump's tweet.

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