The decision comes amid the Republican President-elect's racially-tinged feud with civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis' comments that he believed Trump was an "illegitimate president" due to Russian interference in the U.S. election.
Trump responded by trashing the 76-year-old's district in a series of tweets which carried unmistakable racial overtones...
FACT CHECK: Lewis' district is extremely diverse and includes the city's cosmopolitan business and educational districts.
Many are speculating that Trump's cancelation is due to the fact that Rep. John Lewis was the sponsor of the original legislation to found the Smithsonian's National African-American Museum in 1988, fought for 15 years until the proposal was signed into law in 2001 and saw the project through until it opened its doors in Sept. 2016.
Another point of contention for Trump might be that the museum prominently features Lewis’ contributions to the Civil Rights movement, including his historic “Blood Sunday” march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
According to the Trump camp the visit was axed...
"due to scheduling issues and was not fully planned out."
Regardless of the cause of the cancellation, it will be very hard for Trump to dodge the bad optics.
Or perhaps this was the precise message Trump wanted to send his followers.