After President Donald Trump said he canceled his “working visit” to the UK next month, London Mayor Sadiq Khan issued a statement celebrating the news.
Trump was originally set to be present for the grand opening of the new U.S. embassy in southwest London — a project that had been initiated in 2008 under President Bush — but said he was not going to attend because it was a “bad deal” by the Obama administration. There were also reports that Trump canceled over concerns of mass protests against him and the lack of “bells and whistles.”
Khan said it appeared that Trump had “finally got the message” that Londoners did not want the U.S. president in their city.
“It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the poor opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance,” Khan said on Friday. “His visit next month would without a doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests. This just reinforces what a mistake it was for (Prime Minister) Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place. Let’s hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda.”
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. pic.twitter.com/YD0ZHuWtr3
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 12, 2018
Trump and Khan previously clashed following a terrorist attack in London in the spring of 2017. Trump said Khan was “pathetic” when he said London residents had “no reason to be alarmed” by the increase in armed police in the aftermath of the attack.
Khan responded by saying that Trump’s invitation for a state visit should be rescinded because he was “wrong” about “many things” in the UK.
“I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,” Khan had said in an interview at the time. “When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.”