Reports last night had said the president would not be attending because he was concerned about a hostile reception, a lack of “bells and whistles” and the fact he would not be able to meet the Queen.
“Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars,” the President said.
“Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”
Downing Street declined to comment on the particular case but reports suggested No 10 was aware the “working visit” had been postponed.
British Government sources said they had never officially been informed of a date for Mr Trump to make a visit, but speculation had suggested he would formally open the new £750m embassy at a ceremony in February.
The President had reportedly been due to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May at No 10, with 26 and 27 February provisionally scheduled in the diary. Downing Street had hoped to firm up the dates this week, the Daily Mail reported.
The decision is in contrast to made by the US Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, at the end of last year that Mr Trump was planning to visit in the new year, and by Ms May last week that he “will be coming to this country”.
The opposition to his visit meant the original plan for an official state visit, which would include a chance for Mr Trump to meet the Queen, was downgraded to a “working visit” which carries much less prestige.
At the time, the PM said Mr Trump was “wrong” to retweet the videos, and the US president hit back at Ms May on Twitter by telling her to focus on “destructive radical Islamic terrorism” in the UK, rather than on him.
Source: The Independent