United States embassy in London corrects Trump over 'bad deal'


The British government has blamed the threat of mass protests for US President Donald Trump's decision to cancel a visit to London to open the new US Embassy, and warned that criticism of the White House risked harming US-British relations. In short, the real estate mogul pegged it as a lousy deal. While British Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit the United Kingdom just days after his inauguration in January 2017, since then, British MPs have cancelled plans for Trump to address parliament, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the invitation to be rescinded after Trump retweeted unverified videos from a far-right British nationalist account.

President Donald Trump says he is canceling an upcoming trip to London because he doesn't like the Obama administration's choice of a new embassy there.

In the meantime, the relationship between May and Trump has come under strain.

"Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda", Khan said on Friday. "His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests". In December, Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the president.

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.

One prominent British Trump fan suggested he may have been looking for a good excuse to call off a visit.

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Nigel Farage, the former leader of the Brexit supporting UKIP party, who claims to be a friend of Mr Trump, said the demonstrations were a possible factor in the cancellation.

The embassy says the new building was funded entirely by the proceeds of the sale of other USA government properties in London, not through appropriated funds. Values for the best offices in the West End, which includes Mayfair, have doubled since then. The investors have sought approval to turn it into a hotel, according to the project's website.

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".

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to marry in May after a year long romance and will tie the knot at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. "The US and United Kingdom are strong, resilient partners and allies; we do more together than any other two countries in the world".

Mr Trump's decision not to visit was welcomed by critics outraged by the USA travel ban on some Muslim-majority countries, and more recently, his decision to re-tweet anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right organisation.