Donald Trump reveals the reason he has canceled his visit to the United Kingdom
When rumors of Donald Trump's visit to the UK first emerged last year, the British people were not happy. Members of Parliament expressed their concern over hosting the president, members of the public voiced their disgust at his demands to have a gold-plated carriage ride to Buckingham Palace, and one whole London Borough - Greenwich - officially banned the former TV host from entering the area because they "have no time for people who want to build walls when we have done so much to break them down."
As a result, a collective sigh of relief was breathed this morning when everybody awoke to news that President Trump had canceled his visit.
In a post on Twitter, he claimed that he was no longer going to visit his neighbors across the pond due to the Obama administration's decision to relocate the US embassy from its old location in London - but not everyone was buying that excuse.
The White House actually announced the plan to move the embassy way back in October 2008 when George Bush was president, so Trump's deflection of his decision as being another fault of Obama's seemed weak at best.
What's more, the British Government have stated that they were never officially informed of the date of Trump's visit, so he hadn't been officially scheduled to open the new embassy anyway. In fact, it's due to open next week - and Trump wouldn't have visited until the end of February at the very earliest.
Instead, it seems more likely that the outrage against Trump's recent actions - namely his antagonisation of North Korea, his backpedaling on human rights and climate change policies, and his labeling of certain countries as "s**tholes" - is what urged the president to pull a 180 on his decision to visit.
And Twitter wasn't afraid to point that out.
Ed Miliband, the former leader of the Labour Party, quite bluntly stated that "nobody wanted" him to come:
Mark Hamil mentioned the real concern of protests upon the president's arrival (as there were indeed several protests last spring when the visit was first announced), and mocked Trump's recent statements about other countries:
And others subtly implied that Trump was lying about the reason behind postponing the visit by reminding him that, actually, the new embassy was not a "bad deal" at all, as he suggested:
At the beginning of last month, the UK Parliament was warned that - if Trump should visit the country - it was predicted that more than a million people would turn out to protest the American leader.
“The British government know that the protests against a Trump visit could be the biggest we’ve ever seen in the country. Upwards of a million people could take to the streets," a spokesperson said.
They went on:
“No doubt that’s a factor not only in the delay over the visit but also the secrecy surrounding the details.
“But there’s no escape. We could mobilize hundreds of thousands at a day’s notice.”
As well as taking part in one of the many women's marches last year, Brits - particularly Londoners - also strongly voiced their disgust over the president's "Muslim ban" and slammed Prime Minister Theresa May for being so complacent with Trump's policies.
Given the UK's relationship with America, it's almost certain that Trump will visit at some point during his tenancy at the White House. However, at this rate, it won't be anytime soon.