Trump cancels United Kingdom visit over bad new USA embassy deal

Trump cancels United Kingdom visit over bad new USA embassy deal

They announced in an October 2, 2008 release - a month before Barack Obama's election to his first term - that the US had entered into an agreement with real estate company Ballymore to acquire the new embassy site in southwest London and that the old site "will be offered for sale nearly immediately".

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

The president accepted the queen's invitation for a state visit when he met with Prime Minister Theresa May in July at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

"Let's hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda". "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" he said. "The US is one of our oldest and most valued allies, and our strong and deep partnership will endure".

Relations between the US and its closest ally have been repeatedly strained since Trump took office a year ago and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May became the first foreign leader to meet him at the White House.

'His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests'.

But later on Friday, a spokesman for May said that Trump is welcome despite the cancellation for February.

But Trump said his decision, announced in a late-night tweet, was due to the president's concerns about the embassy's move from the tony Mayfair district to a far less fashionable area of London.

The question of the Trump state visit has been thorny in Britain ever since Theresa May extended the invitation after her early and awkward visit to Washington DC in January. "It seems he's finally got that message", Khan tweeted.

"The one you're referring to now, the opening of the USA embassy, is a matter for the US. We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

As he trampled roughshod over diplomatic ties with some of the United States' closest allies in the first weeks of his presidency, it appeared that Donald Trump could likewise sabotage the "special relationship" that has existed between the US and Britain since the 1940s.

Preparations were advanced for a "working" visit to officially open the embassy, but the Mail understands this role will now be performed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

It came after the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya and the September 11, 2001 attacks, which made security considerations paramount. Some local residents opposed measures that they felt would detract from one of London's plushest neighbourhoods while others feared not enough was being done to ensure they would not be caught up in any attack.

The most striking feature of the new embassy is a half-moon shaped moat surrounding it, which gives the 12-storey cube building a fortress-like feel.

The one billion-dollar-edifice, overlooking the River Thames, was wholly funded by the sale of other properties in London.

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