London’s Madame Tussauds moved its wax figure of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE to the new U.S. Embassy after Trump canceled his visit to open the building.
Claire Treacy, a spokeswoman for the museum, told the Washington Post that they decided to move Trump after learning the news of the canceled visit.
“Just like the rest of the country, we woke up to the news of Trump having canceled his visit,” Treacy said. “And we thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be fun [to move] our own President Trump there, instead?'”
Trump confirmed late Thursday that he canceled his trip to cut the ribbon at the new U.S. Embassy, saying that he is “not a big fan” of an Obama-era real estate deal to build the embassy. The relocation and redevelopment plan was actually executed under former President George W. Bush and was made for security reasons.
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
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, with whom Trump has butted heads frequently, responded positively to the news that the president would not be visiting.
“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 poor opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance,” Khan said.
Treacy said that the wax figure move was “just a bit of fun” and not a political action.
“We were only at the embassy for about 25 minutes, but there were some immediate reactions,” she said. “Workers came out to take selfies, and I guess some people checked twice whether this is really just a waxwork.”
Armed police patrolling the embassy spoke to the Tussauds employees about the figure, but made no arrests and allowed them to remain on site. Trump has now been moved back to the museum, about 20 minutes away from the embassy.