Madame Tussauds pranksters placed their Donald Trump waxwork outside the new US embassy following the president’s fiery outburst cancelling his visit to Britain.
On Friday, news broke that President Trump had abandoned plans to visit the UK next month for the opening of the new £750 million US embassy in Battersea reportedly because of fears of mass protests when he arrives in London.
But Mr Trump took to Twitter to blame the cancelled visit on his low opinion of the “off location” new embassy, which he falsely claimed was a “bad deal” negotiated by predecessor Obama’s administration.
In a funny stunt appearing to poke fun at the US leader, Madame Tussauds transported its model of Trump four-and-a-half miles from its Marylebone site to the new US Embassy, in Nine Elms, on Friday afternoon.
Staff from the embassy, joined by construction workers, crowded around the model and posed for selfies.
Tweeting on Friday morning, Mr Trump wrote: “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.
His claims were proved to be wrong, as documents showed the decision to sell the previous embassy in Grosvenor Square, central London, was announced by Barack Obama’s predecessor George W Bush.
The Labour MP for Battersea, Marsha De Cordova, who was elected at the last election, echoed Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s comments that Mr Trump had “got the message” from Londoners and claimed the president is “scared” of peaceful demonstrators opposing his views.
Ms De Cordova said: “We welcome the fact that Donald Trump isn’t coming to London next month and coming to Battersea to open the embassy.”
She added: “Trying to diss Battersea clearly indicates he’s never been here and doesn’t know anything about my constituency.
“We are 15 minutes away from the heart of Britain’s democracy – the Houses of Parliament and Westminster.”
Claire Treacy, from Madame Tussauds, said transporting the model Trump was not easy, though only the figure’s head and hands were made from heavyweight wax.
She added: “We’re all about famous fun at Madame Tussauds London and we’ve got such a great figure in our Trump.
“Mr Trump is always welcome to come and visit his figure here in the UK.”
The cancelled visit attracted criticism from people near the Nine Elms site.
Rachael Basak, 34 from South East London, said she was glad Trump had called off the trip.
“His values do not reconcile with London values- we’re diverse, we recognise and value everybody irrespective of where they are from,” she said.
Mark Wright, 29, also from South East London said Trump’s tweet was “a load of rubbish”.
He said: “Give it another five years. When it’s developed, you’ll see that it’s a prime location rather than an ‘off location’.
“I think it’s important that we take on the public’s opinion that we don’t think he should be coming over but we also have to be mindful of the UK/US relationship because that’s going to be vital post-Brexit.”