Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

London Mayor Says Trump Visit Canceled Over Protests - The President Says Otherwise

London Mayor Says Trump Visit Canceled Over Protests - The President Says Otherwise

The embassy move is, in fact, the result of a decade-long project initiated by the administration of former Republican president George W. Bush.

The U.S. Embassy says the new building cost $1 billion, funded entirely through the sale of other U.S. properties in London.

But on Friday, he tweeted that he would not be the one inaugurating the new United States embassy at Nine Elms on the south bank of the Thames because he did not approve of the "off location" site.

Taking to twitter, 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". "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut the ribbon - NO!"

While the former embassy was on Grosvenor Square, in a tony area of designer boutiques and expensive restaurants, the new building is in a former industrial area south of the Thames that is being redeveloped into a new commercial and residential district. The short visit by Trump in February was not the full State Visit proposed by British Prime Minister Theresa May on the invitation of Queen, for which no date has yet been set. The invitation has been extended and accepted.

There is reason to believe that a visit by Trump - whether an official state visit or a lower-key working visit - would be met by a howl of opposition on the streets.

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The snub, reported by the Daily Mail, would be the second blow to Mr Trump and the UK's relationship.

The president, however, had become fed up with all the criticism and considered it an affront not only to his administration, but to his country, a White House official said on Friday. She suggested a formal visit could still, but offered no details.

Trump is hugely controversial figure in Britain where he recently succeeded in uniting politicians across the political aisle when he retweeted a far-right group's anti-Muslim videos.

Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda.

He took to Twitter to say his first trip to Britain since being elected previous year was off amid claims he feared mass street protests and blamed his predecessor Barack Obama for selling off the former embassy in Grosvenor Square "for peanuts".

The old United States Embassy in London was situated on a historic square in the exclusive Mayfair neighbourhood, home to some of the city's most valuable real estate. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the US leader from coming. "It seems he has finally got that message". "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed-up, pompous popinjay in City Hall".

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