London: Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has blamed Jeremy Corbyn and Sadiq Khan for US President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon a visit to London, as he vowed not to let the Labour leader and London mayor put the “crucial relationship at risk.”
Trump-critics and Brexit opponents seized on the President’s announcement via a tweet, to say the breakdown showed there was no guarantee the US and UK would strike a quick trade deal after Brexit, as supporters of the ‘leave’ campaign have insisted.
Mr Trump announced on Twitter that his London trip, originally planned for 2017, was cancelled, citing the move of the the US embassy from its prestigious Mayfair location to the regenerated Battersea area south of the river Thames, which he wrongly attributed to the Obama administration, as his reason.
The decision to move from Grosvenor Square was made when George W. Bush was in the White House and was announced by the then Ambassador Robert Tuttle, a Bush appointee.
London’s first Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan, who Mr Trump has personally targeted over the city’s terrorist attacks, said that the president’s visit would have “without doubt been met by mass peaceful protests.”
“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 polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance,” Khan said on Facebook.
“This just reinforces what a mistake it was for 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.”
But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson hit back, calling his successor at City Hall a “pompous popinjay” for putting one of the UK’s most important relationships at risk. The US is the biggest single investor in the UK – yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk. We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall.??? Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 12, 2018