President Donald Trump canceled plans to visit London next month. Instead Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit the United Kingdom to christen America’s new embassy in the British capital.
Then, in a surprising move, Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for his decision to cancel.
“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!”
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
However, there is a problem with that reasoning. President George W. Bush’s State Department decided in 2008 to move the embassy for security reasons. Barack Obama took office after the State Department finalized the decision.
Trump’s excuse drew an immediate response on Twitter.
Also do you have any idea about locations in London? Where it is located is one of the most upcoming areas with a rapidly growing footfall count outside it as well as new homes, businesses and transport links
— Paul Smith (@smitp007) January 12, 2018
It was Dubya that made the deal NOT Obama, & was done because of potential cost of renovating the old embassy so it was up to safety & security standards for staff (thanks to @Amethystra80 )
— AJ Phink (@CardinalPhink) January 12, 2018
The embassy “deal” was made in 2008 when Bush 43 was president. Took me 45 seconds to figure that out. You’re not going because you don’t want to be booed.
— W. Scott Wilson (@wscottwilsonaek) January 12, 2018
Are you capable of saying anything that’s true or correct?
— Existential Dread (@JoshGorfain) January 12, 2018
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