Donald Trump got the message. He’s not welcome in London.
Or at least that’s how mayor Sadiq Khan is spinning the President’s decision to cancel his trip to the city. Here’s the tweet:
Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message. This reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place. pic.twitter.com/lNaQGx9iBw
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) January 12, 2018
Overnight, as part of a series of tweets apparently aimed at distracting the nation from what he allegedly said about African and Latin immigrants in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump “explained” why he felt like he needed to cancel what would have been his first trip to the UK as president. To wit:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Got that? It had nothing to do with his ongoing feud with the above-mentioned Sadiq Khan and nothing to do with the backlash that accompanied his egregious decision to retweet anti-Muslim videos originally posted by Jayda Fransen:
You’ll recall that those retweets quite literally led several MPs to call for Trump’s arrest.
Chris Bryant wants Donald Trump arrested. pic.twitter.com/R53RnuNrSj
— Ben (@Jamin2g) November 29, 2017
Trump took that rather unfortunate episode a step further and lashed out at Theresa May directly for criticizing him. Or at least he thought he did. Here’s what he tweeted in late November in response to May calling him “wrong”:
Of course that didn’t work because that’s not Theresa May’s Twitter handle – @theresamay is this person:
And on, and on, and on. You get the idea. Trump has made a complete ass of himself and nobody wants him in the UK for any reason whatsoever. In fact, more than 1.8 million people signed a petition to keep Trump away from the Queen.
Trump’s February “working visit” (as distinct from the state visit the petition refers to) had not been officially announced but it was expected next month. Or at least it was expected until Friday when, much to London’s relief, Trump said he’s not coming.
Again, Trump’s decision definitely had nothing to do with Khan or the fact that the British people hate Trump. Rather, it’s all about Obama. Or so Trump says.
But here’s the problem: the plan to move that embassy from Mayfair to Nine Elms in London was first reported in October 2008, when George W Bush was still president.
The current embassy building in Grosvenor SquareCiting is set to be converted into a luxury hotel by Qatar’s SWF which bought the site.
So what the actual fuck is Trump talking about?
Spoiler alert: nothing. This has no connection to Barack Obama whatsoever. None. He’s obfuscating and trying to make it seem like he wasn’t effectively uninvited to the city.
His invitation for an official state visit still stands although we would not be entirely surprised if he decided to turn it down because after all, who wants to visit a “shithole” country like Britain anyway?