Sadiq Khan: Trump's Cancelled UK Visit Shows He Knows His Policies Clash With British Values

The mayor of London has said U.S. president Donald Trump's decision to cancel a planned visit to the U.K. shows the leader got a "clear message" on how his policies clash with British values.

The head of state was expected to open a new $1bn (£738m) U.S. embassy in London. However, he wrote on Twitter on Thursday (January 11) that he was not a "big fan" of the deal under which the new location and cost of the embassy were agreed upon.

"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!"

After Trump's announcement, Sadiq Khan said mass protests would have greeted Trump during his visit, expected to take place in February.

"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," the mayor told the Evening Standard.

"His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests. This just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place."

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage suggested fears of demonstrations could have played a role in Trump's decision. He accused Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of supporting planned demonstrations.

"Maybe, just maybe, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party planning mass protests, maybe those optics he didn't like the look of," he told BBC Radio 4's Today program.

 Theresa May and   Donald Trump
British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump wait for a meeting at the Palace Hotel in New York, on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, on September 20, 2017. Tensions between the U.K. and the U.S. have grown in recent months, but British officials insist state visit not canceled. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

The decision to acquire a new London embassy, on the south bank of the Thames, was announced in 2008, when then U.S. President George W. Bush was in office.

The official website of the U.S. embassy states that: "The new building project is being funded entirely by the proceeds of the sale of other U.S. Government properties in London, not through appropriated funds. This has always been the plan. The proposed Omnibus spending bill does not provide any new, additional, restrictions to that plan. "

Trump's canceled trip is not related to an official state visit that was supposed to take place last year.

Prime Minister Theresa May extended to Trump an invitation to make a state visit by the end of 2017.

Although May confirmed that Trump is still due to visit the U.K., the state visit has not been confirmed. However, British officials insist it has not been canceled, according to Reuters.

Tensions between the U.K. and the U.S. have grown in recent months, after May criticized Trump for sharing videos from far-right group Britain First on Twitter.

May also said she disagreed with Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel, a controversial move that set off a wave of demonstrations in the region.