The American president, Donald Trump, in Washington on January 11, 2018
The decision by US President Donald Trump to suspend his trip to London to inaugurate a new embassy that he defined as a dilapidated business will save him from running into large protests against him.
„The reason why I canceled my trip to London is that I’m not excited that the Obama administration sold what was perhaps the best embassy in London, and the best one, for small change,“ Trump wrote on Twitter late Thursday. „Bad business, they wanted me to cut the tape: NO!“
Trump attributed to his predecessor Barack Obama a decision that actually took the previous government of George W. Bush.
A British Trump ally, Nigel Farage, former leader of the UKIP anti-European party, said the decision is „disappointing.“
„He has been in countries around the world and yet has not been in the one that is closest to him,“ he explained on his radio program on the LBC network. „Maybe“, he speculated, „he did not like the look“ that his visit was charging, he added, referring to the demonstrations prepared by the Labor opposition, mainly.
Relations between the United Kingdom and Trump are proving difficult. The British Prime Minister, the conservative Theresa May, invited him to make a state visit as soon as he ascended to power, yearning for his complicity when the country is preparing to break with the European Union.
However, this state visit -different from the work that Trump suspended-, has not been officially annulled but still has no dates, although they are planned well in advance for all the protocol deployment – the guest is staying at the palace of Buckingham and is a guest of Queen Elizabeth II.
– „It’s not welcome“ –
Trump has been entangled several times with the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, always after attacks in the capital, for his attacks on Muslims, and recently redistributed tweets from the xenophobic far right group Britain First. May reproached him for „the error“ and he counterattacked by telling him to worry about his affairs.
The mayor congratulated himself on the suspension of the trip, which would have been a headache from the point of view of security. „Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome (…) It seems he has finally understood.“
Other Labor figures joined Khan. „He is someone who has promoted the hatred and propaganda of an extreme right-wing organization in this country, I am not sure it would be appropriate to ask him to come in these circumstances,“ said Labor MP Chuka Umunna.
Another Labor MP, Stephen Doughty, wrote: „The reason why Trump suspended his visit is that we are not great enthusiasts for his racist, sexist and thoughtless behavior.“
Asked about criticism of the new diplomatic legation, Farage merely responded: „he is the real estate agent“.
The United States sold its embassy in Grosvenor Square, in the heart of the distinguished Mayfair district, to a Qatar investment fund to move on the banks of the Thames, to a desolate industrial zone, where the new legation designed by the architect Kieran Timberlake is erected. .
The building will open to the public on January 16 and Trump was expected to inaugurate it a little later, perhaps taking advantage of his announced visit to the Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which will be held from January 23 to 26.
The new legation cost 1,000 million dollars, and the old one, crowned by a distinctive giant eagle, will become a hotel.