>> This wax imitation of Donald Trump outside the new US Embassy in London will have to do for now, after the American President, late on Thursday, cancelled what would have been his first trip to the UK since assuming the Oval Office. The decision follows months of delays, fueled by speculation that a visit would be contentious with mass protest expected.
The president said on Twitter he canceled because he disapproved of the recent moving of the US Embassy there into a new building, what he called an Obama Administration decision that was sold for peanuts. But the embassy move was announced before Obama was elected during the last months of the Bush White House.
The new billion-dollar structure is in a less central location but implements several features the old 1960s office lacked, such as being set back from the street 100 feet, with a moat to protect against bombings and internal barracks for marine guards. Almost every modern president since at least World War II has visited Britain in their first year in office, and many in just the first couple months.
The President's trip to the UK would have been what's called a working visit, as opposed to a state visit with more grandeur and an audience with the Queen. That's still on the table. But mass demonstrations expected against Trump, similar to this one on his inauguration day would likely complicate his security.
>> He's a monster, not welcome.>> There's a similar sentiment in Davos, set to host the World Economic Forum where this online petition to uninvite Trump has attracted more than 10,000 signatures. A YouGov poll last year suggested over a third of Britons want Trump to cancel any visit outright.