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Old News: Trump Did NOT Cancel Trip To London In July 2018

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:54:20 Z)

Did President Donald Trump cancel his U.K. trip (including a visit to London) that is taking place in July 2018? No, that's not true: an old story from January about Trump aborting a visit to open the new U.S. Embassy suddenly went viral again in July, causing many people to believe Trump had blown off the July visit too.

The story originated from an article published on January 12, 2018 titled "Trump cancels trip to London, says he won't cut ribbon at new US Embassy" (archived here) which opened:

President Donald Trump announced the sudden cancellation of a planned trip to cut the ribbon at the new U.S. Embassy in London late Thursday, blaming the reversal on the Obama administration's decision to sell the country's old embassy for "peanuts." Trump had been scheduled to attend a...

Screenshot of https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-cancels-trip-london-turned-offer-cut-ribbon/story?id=52300536

Users on social media would only see the title, description and thumbnail, not the date:

Trump cancels trip to London, says he won't cut ribbon at new US Embassy

President Donald Trump announced the sudden cancellation of a planned trip to cut the ribbon at the new U.S. Embassy in London late Thursday, blaming the reversal on the Obama administration's decision to sell the country's old embassy for "peanuts." Trump had been scheduled to attend a...

In reality Trump's visit is set to go ahead and no announcement about a cancellation has been made this time.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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