Trump CANCELS UK visit in major diplomatic SNUB to Theresa May after public row. The working visit to open the new US embassy was expected to be made by the US
President after plans for a full state visit were postponed. However, Trump is said to have decided not to attend the event, sending Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his
place, in a major diplomatic snub to the UK. The move is likely to frustrate Theresa May who insisted just days ago that “he will be coming to this country” during a TV
interview. Defending the US President on BBC’s Andrew Marr she added: “What I see is somebody who is committed to ensuring he is taking decisions in the best interests
of the United States.”
However, Mr Trump has decided not to attend the event, sending Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his place, in a major diplomatic snub to the UK.
Critics of the president rejoiced at the news, but a Number 10 spokesman has insisted the US President is “welcome” in London and added the special relationship between the countries “will endure”.
On Twitter, he said: “Reason I cancelled 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 the ribbon – NO!”
However, many speculated the backlash his visit has sparked is the real reason he pulled out.
A number of MPs had pledged to “empty chair” Mr Trump if he addressed the Houses of Parliament during a visit.
They blamed the US President’s views on women, torture and refugees for their plans to boycott the event.