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U.S. embassy in London corrects Trump over 'bad deal'

14 January 2018

US President Donald Trump has cancelled his trip to Britain due to disappointment over a "bad" US embassy.

Trump said he had cancelled next month's visit, which had been set to include the opening of the new U.S. embassy in London, because he did not like the building and thought it was a "bad deal" financially.

On Friday evening, a U.S. embassy spokesman hit back at the President's claims and said the plan to finance the project was developed in 2007, at a time when George W. Bush was in the White House.

As a resident of Nine Elms in south London, just around the corner from the new American embassy, for strictly selfish reasons I welcomed the news that Donald Trump would not be coming to open it after all.

"Vauxhall is a vibrant and important part of London and home to many businesses", May's spokesman Max Blain told reporters on Friday.

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London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, who is no fan of Trump, expressed belief, via Twitter, that Trump got the message that he's not welcome in the capital.

"Let's hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda".

"Security concerns after 11 September meant we had to move to a location that could better protect American citizens and our British neighbours", Johnson wrote.

"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.

In January past year, Mrs May was the first foreign leader to visit Mr Trump in the White House.

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The snub, reported by the Daily Mail, would be the second blow to Mr Trump and the UK's relationship. The uproar came after Trump re-tweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by a leader of the far-right group Britain First - a tiny group that regularly posts inflammatory videos.

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".

Still, British officials said their government had been working on the basis that Trump would arrive in late February, though no firm date had been set.

"His visit. would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests", Khan said.

But the Foreign Secretary took to Twitter to condemn Mr Khan and his party leader, saying: "The US is the biggest single investor in the United Kingdom yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk".

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A Number 10 source said: "Boris expresses himself in his own inimitable way, but we agree that any risk to the crucial US-UK relationship is not in our country's best interests".

U.S. embassy in London corrects Trump over 'bad deal'