Trump blames ‘bad deal’ for London trip cancellation. But Brits think they scared him away.
The Washington Compost ^ | January 12 at 7:40 AM | Karla Adam and Jennifer Hassan
Posted on 1/12/2018, 8:22:59 AM by E. Pluribus Unum
LONDON — Many Londoners on Friday offered their own reasons for President Trump canceling a possible trip to the British capital: He was nervous about the expected protests that could greet him.
“It seems he’s finally got that message,” wrote London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.
In a tweet sent at 5 a.m. London time, Trump said that he was canceling a visit to the British capital because he was “not a big fan” of the real estate deal that saw the United States selling its old embassy, located in one of the poshest areas in London, and moving to a shiny new building in south London, an area Trump described as “off location.”
Trump tweeted: “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. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO.”
In fact, it was the George W. Bush administration that decided more than a decade ago to relocate the embassy during a worldwide push for greater security at U.S. diplomatic sites.
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