Donald Trump Cancels His Trip To London, Blames Obama

Donald Trump Cancels His Trip To London, Blames Obama

Trump's tweet came after the Daily Mail reported he had chose to cancel the visit, with British media speculating the president was concerned he would get a hostile reception. In an outburst on Twitter, the United States president said the new location is "bad" and no, he won't cut the ribbon.

Relations between the USA and its closest ally have been repeatedly strained since last January, when Trump took office and UK Prime Minister Theresa May became the first foreign leader to meet him at the White House.

The new U.S. Embassy in London will open Tuesday, and, at a cost of about $1 billion, it is the most expensive structure of its kind ever built.

Government sources suggested that Washington had signalled that secretary of state Rex Tillerson would instead open the multimillion-pound embassy.

The President had reportedly been due to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May at No.10 Downing Street, with February 26 and 27 provisionally scheduled in the diary.

The officials declined to say why, and said the decision was made by the Americans.

The move came after concerns were raised that mass protests might break out against the president who had been slated for a "working visit" to the country for the embassy's opening.

Mrs May and Mr Trump fell out spectacularly in November over his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen.

The prior embassy at 24 Grosvenor Square in central London was sold in 2009 - during Obama's time in office - to Qatari Diar, a subsidiary of sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment for an estimated 500 million pounds ($677 million), according to a 2016 report by the Evening Standard.

But large protests are expected to accompany any presidential visit to the British capital, where Trump is deeply unpopular.

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