Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London who is not very fond of Trump’s conservative politics, has embraced the news that President Donald Trump canceled the visit to London regarding the official opening of the new U.S. embassy.
The London mayor said in a post on Twitter that President Trump “got the message” from Londoners who “have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here.”
“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.
“His visit next month would, without doubt, have been met by mass peaceful protests. 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,” said the London mayor on his official Twitter account.
Over the past year, Sadiq Khan has been one of the loudest critics of Trump. In June 2016, Khan required Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom to be canceled, and the U.S. President not to be allowed to enter the UK. Khan, along with the most of the political elite in the UK, spoke openly against Trump especially when Trump tweeted a series of anti-Muslim videos from a far-right British figure.
In early 2016, more than a million people signed an official UK petition to forbid Trump to visit the country, showing the dislike of the U.S. President’s conservative politics in the UK.
Trump late Thursday night announced that he is cancelling his visit to London for the ceremony of the opening of the new U.S. embassy. As a reason for the cancelation, he said because he thinks the whole process of selling the old and building a new embassy was a “bad deal” by the Obama administration.
The Hill reports that the inconsistency of Trump’s claim is that the decision to relocate the embassy took place during President George W. Bush’s administration, and was made because of security reasons.