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“We don’t want him here”, say Londoners after Trump cancels UK visit

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Updated: 09:06 GMT, Jan 13, 2018 | Published: 09:06 GMT, Jan 13, 2018 |
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Londoners on Friday (January 12) welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a planned visit to the UK next month to open the new embassy.

“We don’t want him here,” local resident Maggy Moody told Reuters near to the new U.S. embassy site in Vauxhall in south London.

Following Trump’s announcement, London’s Madame Tussauds museum took the opportunity to stage its own waxwork figure of the U.S. President outside the new embassy. “Trump cancelled his visit so we stepped in! It was certainly a surprise for the workmen at the Embassy. #TrumpVisit,” the museum said in a tweet on Friday.

The decision to acquire a new embassy site was announced in 2008 under George W. Bush along with the plans to put the Grosvenor Square site in Mayfair up for sale.

More than a year into his presidency, Trump has yet to visit London, with many British voters promising mass protests against a U.S. leader they see as crude, volatile and opposed to their values on a range of issues.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration in January last year, and they were filmed emerging from the White House holding hands. During that trip, May extended an invitation to make a state visit by the end of 2017, which is yet to happen.

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