Trump has done a marvelous job of alienating America’s closest European allies, most notably the U.K. After Trump had attacked the Mayor of London while the city was in the midst of containing a terrorist attack, the people of London vowed to meet Trump with mass protests. When Trump learned he wouldn’t be met by cheering crowds, his desire for a state visit with all the bells and whistles disintegrated.
There was speculation that Trump would visit London for a “working visit” instead of a state visit to attend the opening of the new U.S. embassy. The proposed working visit would not have included a meeting with the Queen or the golden carriage ride.
Today, Trump officially called off the visit in a tweet. He accused former President Obama of selling “perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts.'” He went on to call the new $1.2 billion embassy in “an off location” a “bad deal.” The narcissist then claimed that Britain wanted him to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, but he said, “NO!”
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
The reality of the situation is that Trump didn’t want to run into the 1 million angry Brits who signed a petition to cancel his state visit.
According to The Daily Mail, British officials feared that Trump would “ignite the biggest protest since the Iraq War, which saw 1 million protesters marching in London.”
Only Trump would stoop low enough to blame Obama for his own cowardice.