President Trump went on a rare after-bedtime Twitter tirade Thursday night to personally pushback against some of the more damning news stories of the day. While he steered clear of the most explosive revelation of the news cycle – that he asked a bipartisan group of lawmakers at a meeting on immigration reform why we take so many immigrants from “shithole” countries like Haiti and not from countries like Norway – he did take aim at another story that was almost equally as embarrassing.
News broke early this morning that the White House was cancelling Trump’s scheduled official visit to the United Kingdom. As Washington Press‘ Vinnie Longobardo reported:
“Tensions between Britain and the US have risen since Trump offended the long-time ally by re-tweeting anti-Muslim propaganda from Britain First, a nationalist far-Right political group, and was harshly criticized by Prime Minister May who responded by saying, “I am very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do.
“May has also been very critical of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, declaring the move ‘unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.’ ”
The most frightening prospect for Trump is the potential for massive demonstrations to protest his visit. More than a million British citizens signed a petition demanding that the UK cancel his invitation for a state visit.
British Members of Parliament openly debated the petition in November of last year during the official “Urgent Questions Session,” with many of them vehemently opposed to laying out the welcome mat for the controversial president.
So rather than face the prospect of a hostile welcome, Trump has decided to forgo the visit altogether. His excuse, however, is as petty and small as you’d expect:
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 “peanuts,” 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
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, the Leader of the Free World, the Commander in Chief of mightiest military the world has ever seen, pulling out of an official visit to protest the price and location of the embassy.
And if you believe that, there’s a university you should consider investing in.