Trump claims that he turned down London visit, but people aren't buying it

Trump says he's not visiting the capital of America's closest ally — because he didn't like a real estate deal

By Matthew Rozsa
Published January 12, 2018 9:30AM (EST)
 (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)
(Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

President Donald Trump wants the world to believe that he cancelled his planned trip to the United Kingdom because — well, because it's Obama's fault.

A more likely explanation for Trump's decision, as British officials pointed out, was that he would have been met with heated protests upon arriving in the country.

"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," London Mayor Sadiq Khan explained in a statement.

He added, "His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests."

Other British parliamentarians echoed Khan's thoughts.

Another problem with Trump's tweet is that he's blaming the wrong person. The decision to relocate America's embassy in London was made under President George W. Bush, according to The Guardian.

"We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building on Grosvenor Square. In the end, we realized that the goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable embassy could best be met by constructing a new facility," Robert Tuttle, who served as America's ambassador to the United Kingdom at that time, told U.S. News & World Report.

But Trump has been keen on blaming Obama for things. On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal released a transcript of an interview it had with the president, and in the interview, Trump blamed Obama for tensions with North Korea.

Sadly, in a long list of Trump falsehoods made on Friday, this comment will likely be one of the more easily forgotten ones.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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