London woke this morning to the news that US President Donald Trump won't be gracing us with his presence anytime soon, blaming it on the "bad deal" that Obama (wrong) struck up to sell the former embassy (wrong again).
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
Although a date hadn't been announced, it was thought that a visit was imminent to coincide with the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Nine Elms. London reacted to the cancellation brilliantly.
Who are you calling an "off location"?
While there was joy that The Orange One won't be inflicting himself on the capital anytime soon, and disappointment that those protest placards won't be needed for a while, the bit that riled Londoners most was Trump's description of Nine Elms as an "off location". Hey, Trump, saaarf Landan's like a little sister to most Londoners — we can diss it as much as we like, but far be it from an outsider to say one wrong thing about it.
The Nine Elms district Twitter account has yet to react, but Love Battersea was quick to set the president straight and offering to "show [him] its delights" if he ever visits, and other locals posted pictures to prove the area's credetials as an "on location".
Twitter did its thing in the best way possible, trolling POTUS with the hashtag #ICancelledMyTripToLondon. Here are a few of our favourites:
Because I found out that Clinton has a card shop there.#ICancelledMyTripToLondon— just-photos (@Swinton_photos) January 12, 2018
#icancelledmytriptolondon because I wasn't allowed to go to Barnet and show off mine.— MG (@abertawe_mg) January 12, 2018
#ICancelledMyTripToLondon Because they didn't have any covfefe to serve.— Rishabh Sharma (@im_srishabh21) January 12, 2018
#ICancelledMyTripToLondon because the Queen said I was PROBABLY going to be able to play with the Crown Jewels. Probably is not good enough so took a pass. Thanks anyway! SAD.— maaret (@maaretinlondon) January 12, 2018
#ICancelledMyTripToLondon because they have something called FOX hunting and FOX is the only respectable news media. SAD.— Scott moose van (@Scottiemoosevan) January 12, 2018
#ICancelledMyTripToLondon because Nelson's Column is tiny. My column is much bigger. It's bigly. I have the BEST column. Sad.— Josephine Liptrott (@JoLiptrott) January 12, 2018
#ICancelledMyTripToLondon because I was intimidated by the size of big bens hands— Ant savage (@Antsavage2) January 12, 2018
Madame Tussauds drafts in waxwork replacement
Madame Tussauds, never slow to latch onto a PR opportunity, sent their waxy Donald down to Nine Elms to pose in front of the new US Embassy that the real Trump is refusing to visit. Workman finishing up before the big opening posed with him.
London's politicians have their say
After Trump slated London Mayor Sadiq Khan's reactions to the London Bridge terror attacks in June, it's no surprise that Khan took the opportunity to reiterate the Trump "is not welcome here".
Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message. pic.twitter.com/YD0ZHuWtr3— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 12, 2018
Then there was Boris Johnson, who reacted in the most Boris Johnson way possible, referring to Trump's critics as "puffed up pompous popinjays". A quick reminder that this is the man who, in December 2015, claimed that "The only reason I wouldn't visit some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump." How times change.