Trump cancels London trip over 'bad' Embassy deal

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"(The) reason I cancelled 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", Trump said in a tweet late on Thursday.

London's Madame Tussauds moved its wax figure of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE to the new USA embassy in the city after the president canceled his visit to open the building next month.

The US embassy in London has released a statement correcting President Donald Trump on the price tag of its relocation after he said it claimed it was a "bad deal".

Mr Trump also criticised the location of the new building in Vauxhall, south London, as an "off location", adding: "Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"

The cancellation is a further blow to relations between the allies.

The cancellation of the visit was "excellent news", said Lindsey German, organizer of the Stop the War Coalition, which had planned a large protest against Trump.

A Downing Street spokesman said Mrs May would tell Mr Trump he is welcome in London.

The spokesman added: "A state visit (invitation) has been extended and accepted and we will confirm the details in due course".

There had been speculation that the trip would be merged with a planned state visit to Britain offered to Trump by Prime Minister Theresa May, which has met with strong public and political opposition.


"We were only at the embassy for about 25 minutes, but there were some immediate reactions", she said.

The exchange prompted further calls to dump the visit.

Some British lawmakers questioned whether Trump would be welcome after he re-tweeted videos from a far-right British group and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan following a terror attack past year.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said opponents such as Khan were putting the relationship with the United States, the biggest investor in Britain, at risk. "It seems he's finally got that message", Khan tweeted.

"We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

"This isn't just a new office, though, it signifies a new era of friendship between out two countries".

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".

"Security concerns after September 11 meant we had to move to a location that could better protect American citizens and our British neighbours", he wrote in an article for London's Evening Standard newspaper.

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