Donald Trump cancels visit to London over 'bad' embassy deal

Donald Trump cancels visit to London over 'bad' embassy deal

The White House says that President Donald Trump's tweet canceling a trip to London was in reference to a visit for the opening of the new USA embassy and that efforts to schedule a later state visit continue.

The British government has extended Trump an invitation for a state visit.

"Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" the USA president added.

There was initially confusion as Downing Street was unable to say whether the Foreign Secretary was speaking for the Government when he said Mr Khan and Jeremy Corbyn were putting the "crucial relationship at risk".

Trump said in a late-night tweet that he had decided not to come to London to open the new US embassy.

However, the embassy website showed the decision to move the location was made in 2008 under George W Bush, months before Barack Obama took office in January 2009.

Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration in January previous year, and they were filmed emerging from the White House holding hands.

In a BBC interview on Sunday, May insisted that Trump "will be coming to this country" in spite of the opposition.

The mayor of London - who has been criticized by Trump in tweets - said Trump appeared to have "got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance".

"It seems he's finally got the message".


The mayor, a member of the main opposition Labour party, said there would have been "mass peaceful protests", and that it had been a "mistake" to invite him.

"We are still working with our United Kingdom allies to find a date for a visit for the invitation that was offered and accepted, " she said Friday.

"The US is one of our oldest and most valued allies and our strong and deep partnership will endure", he said.

May condemned it, and Trump hit back that she should focus on terrorism in Britain, which suffered five attacks past year. Last month, Ambassador Woody Johnson, who was appointed by Trump, called it a "bargain".

But the American presence has not been appreciated by the embassy's neighbors in recent years.

The new embassy is certainly in a less-central and less-prestigious location in London.

The new 12-storey, cube-shaped building, designed by American architects KieranTimberlake, is located in a regenerated area on the south bank of the River Thames.

"A multi-disciplinary team of professionals considered over 170 criteria, to include physical security requirements, and determined that the Nine Elms site was the best overall location for the United States government", the statement added.

However, the opponents threatening of mass protests on Trump enters the country, is being cited as a major reason behind the cancellation of the latter's plan.

In Trump's absence, the Madame Tussauds museum installed the president's waxwork outside the new embassy, causing construction workers to crowd round and pose for selfies.

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