Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

'Bad deal': Trump cancels London trip for embassy opening, blames Obama

'Bad deal': Trump cancels London trip for embassy opening, blames Obama

Mr Khan - who has clashed with the president in the past - said a visit by Mr Trump would have been met by "mass peaceful protests" in the capital, which have been backed by Labour leader Mr Corbyn.

Rather, Trump said it was due to the "off location" of the new USA embassy there and lack of desire to "cut [the] ribbon" on its opening. Trump blamed the Obama administration for the move, accusing it of selling the old embassy for "peanuts" in a "bad deal".

Though Trump criticized Obama for the US embassy location, the decision to move out of the Mayfair section of London was set in 2008 under the George W. Bush administration.

US President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May wait at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017.

"Let's hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda". May proclaimed the strength of the "most special relationship" between the two countries and the government extended an invitation for a state visit as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II.

However, London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, claimed Mr. Trump had "got the message" that he was not welcome in London.

The U.S. embassy is moving from Grosvenor Square in Mayfair to the Nine Elms area of Wandsworth.

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"He has been to countries all over the world and yet he has not been to the one with whom he is closest", former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a Trump ally, told the BBC. "We are really pleased to have the American embassy there, it's fit for objective".

Fearing mass protests in London besides consistent threats from the British MP's hell-bent on not providing an opportunity to President Trump to address the Parliament, led to this decision.

It was first made when the Prime Minister visited Washington previous year and was pencilled in for later in 2017, but was pushed back as concern grew about protests, particularly at Buckingham Palace.

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New U.S. Embassy in London.

The real reason Trump likely canceled his visit to the United Kingdom has nothing to do with the new building, and everything to do with the fact that the president is wildly unpopular in the country and any state visit, however brief, would likely see massive protests. The new building is also larger and more energy efficient.

The opening ceremony may instead be hosted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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