Trump’s Lame Excuse for Avoiding London

As long as he’s just made of wax …

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In case some dedicated soul is keeping track of all the "for the record" corrections thrown up by President Donald Trump's misstatements, here's one more to log in: Trump's tweet Friday about why he won't be visiting London.

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 âÂÂpeanuts,â 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

Londoners know better. Trump's on-again, off-again visit was a source of dread in British officialdom, from Buckingham Palace to Downing Street, where Theresa May had much cause to regret her rash offer of a state visit a year ago. Nearly 2 million people petitioned to have the visit withdrawn back then; nearly half of respondents in a December poll said they wanted the visit scrapped. It soon became clear that Trump would have been greeted by a wall of protesters and subjected to the full, cut-you-down-to-size force of Britain's tabloids. The trip had already been downgraded to a "working visit."

"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," said London Mayor Sadiq Kahn, who has been vocal in opposing Trump's stance on immigration and foreigners.