The US President tweeted Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO.
Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for peanuts, only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!
Mr Trump had been expected to visit the new £750m ($1bn) home for American diplomats on the banks of the River Thames as early as next month.
Sky News understands US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will now undertake ceremonial duties at the official opening of the distinctive cube building.
The new Nine Elms site, near Battersea in London, is due to open on 16 January.
Despite Mr Trump blaming his predecessor for the decision, the embassy move from Grosvenor Square was initiated by the George W Bush administration.
A post on its website dated 8 October 2008 – just under a month before Mr Obama’s election – revealed the decision.
It says The U.S. State Department today signed a conditional agreement with the real estate developer Ballymore to acquire a site in the Nine Elms Opportunity Area in Wandsworth for the construction of a new Embassy.
Reacting to Mr Trump’s tweet, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jo Swinson said News that Trump has thrown his toys out of the pram and cancelled his trip to the UK will be welcomed by all of us who reject his abhorrent views.
But it’s a disappointing sign of how weak May’s leadership is that she wasn’t brave enough to call the visit off herself.
The Prime Minister should be ashamed that she was so keen to roll out the red carpet to a man who spreads hate and division at every turn, and goes out of his way to undermine British values.
It does not mean plans for the US President’s state visit to the UK are off entirely, with a Downing Street spokesman reportedly telling the Daily Mail An invitation for a state visit has been extended and accepted.
Mr Trump’s tweet came hours after he asked why the US should allow more immigrants from s***hole countries in.
The profane remark came in a meeting with legislators about a bipartisan deal on immigration.
‘S***hole countries’ slur Why did Trump say it?
MPs have repeatedly called for the offer of a state visit for the US President to be withdrawn following his crackdown on immigration from majority-Muslim countries and promotion of far-right group Britain First on Twitter.
The controversy sparked a diplomatic spat between Theresa May and Mr Trump, after the Prime Minister condemned the US President’s actions.
Any possible first trip to the UK by Mr Trump since being elected to the White House is likely to be met with fierce protests.
This week, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed off suggestions a state visit to Britain by Mr Trump should be scrapped.
It followed claims by Michael Wolff, the author of an explosive new book about Mr Trump, that the US President would use a visit to Trumpalise the Queen and Buckingham Palace.
Mr Johnson told MPs I think Her Majesty the Queen is well capable to of taking this American president – or indeed any American president – in her stride, as she has done over six remarkable decades.
She has seen them come and she has seen them go.
In January last year, Mrs May was the first foreign leader to visit Mr Trump in the White House.
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