Trump cancels United Kingdom trip, blames embassy 'bad deal'

The president of the United States Donald Trump makes some observations during a debate on prison reform in the White House Washington DC USA today

In a tweet, Mr Trump said he was not happy that the Obama administration had sold the previous U.S. embassy at Grosvenor Square in London for "peanuts".

The Embassy is moving from its current location in Grosvenor Square, and although Mr Trump has blamed his predecessor for the move, it was initiated by the George W Bush administration.

The $1 billion construction, overlooking the River Thames, was wholly funded by the sale of other properties in London.

He said Trump's visit would "without doubt have been met with mass peaceful protests" and that it was a mistake for Prime Minister Theresa May to invite him for a state visit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit the country previous year during her sojourn to the White House after the US election.

Labour lawmaker David Lammy, who had vowed to lead a protest against Trump if he visited, said the USA president was "too scared of us Londoners, who don't want him darkening our door".

Reports about Trump's visit to the United Kingdom have been circulating since the beginning of 2017, when May invited the USA president on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen to visit the country.

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U.S. president says he will not visit London to open new United States embassy, blaming Obama for selling previous one for "peanuts". It is understood that in Trump's absence the USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson will now cut the ribbon.

"Our new embassy reflects not just America's special history with the United Kingdom but the special future ahead of us as we advance the prosperity and security of both our nations".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has now responded saying that Trump "got the message" from Londoners, and alluded that Trump's real reason for cancellation is fear of protests - something that has been widely speculated.

"It didn't matter whether they lived in an 18th-century house or on a 20th-century street corner", Lois Peltz, the head of the neighborhood group, said in the newspaper's report at the time.

Trump has an outstanding invitation from the British government for a state visit, which involves the kind of pomp and ceremony he is partial to, including a dinner with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

But the decision to cancel the visit will be an embarrassment to British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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