President Trump said he canceled a planned trip to London because he doesn’t want to cut the ribbon at the new U.S. Embassy there that he described as a “bad deal.” Trump’s on-again, off-again visit to the United Kingdom had been in the planning stages but hadn’t been officially announced. The latest cancellation is sure to increase tensions with a vital ally that has broken with Trump recently over his anti-Muslim rhetoric. Some neighborhoods in London declared themselves off-limits to the president. Trump confirmed his decision on Twitter late Thursday night after British newspapers reported that fears of mass protests had scuttled the trip. A poll from last year found that about 4% of Britain’s population — roughly 2.5 million people — would protest a state visit by Trump. But he gave a different reason, blaming former President Obama.
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