"The US is the biggest single investor in the UK — yet Khan & [Labour leader Jeremy] Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk. We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall," Johnson wrote on Twitter.
The US is the biggest single investor in the UK — yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk. We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) 12 января 2018 г.
Earlier in the day, Trump announced that he had canceled his trip to London where he was supposed to open the new US Embassy, citing his strong disapproval of his predecessor Barack Obama administration decision to sell "the best located and finest" mission in London "for peanuts," only to build a new one "in an off location."
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn also repeatedly criticized Trump publicly and called for his visit to be axed.
Later in the day, a spokesman of UK Prime Minister Theresa May's office told Sputnik that the invitation extended to US President Donald Trump was still in effect, noting that the canceled working visit, initiated by the US Embassy, had nothing to do with a state visit, details of which are to be published in due course.
Reports about Trump's visit to the United Kingdom have been circulating since the beginning of 2017, when May invited the US president on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen to visit the country. The visit sparked controversy, with some demanding that Trump be barred from making a state visit over the his immigration policies and rhetoric.
In December, US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson told the BBC broadcaster that it was expected that the US leader would visit the United Kingdom in 2018.