No trip to London because of embassy choice: Donald Trump

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

Mr Trump was expected to make his first trip to the United Kingdom since entering office to officially open the new U.S. embassy in London. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" he said.

The move, announced in October 2008, was set in motion by Obama's predecessor George W Bush in response to security concerns.

Speaking last month, USA ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson told the BBC he "absolutely" expected Mr Trump to visit Britain in 2018.

Donald Trump will not be visiting London in February for the opening of the new embassy building, according to reports.

While the embassy has a prestigious central location, as Trump claims, its accessibility has also made it the target of protest in the past, from opponents to the Vietnam and Iraq wars and even local residents annoyed by its proximity.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit the country during her stop at the White House in late January.

The article quoted London Mayor Sadiq Khan as saying "It appears that President Trump 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".

"It seems he's finally got the message". "It's disappointing", Farage told BBC Radio's Today program on Friday. "Maybe, just maybe, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party planning mass protests, maybe those optics, he didn't like the look of", he said.

Legend has it that when construction finished on the Eero Saarinen-built structure in 1960, the two countries agreed to a long-term lease that cost the USA one golden peppercorn annually. Foreign heads of state should not automatically expect an invitation to the wedding, he added.

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Trump said on Twitter he canceled the visit because the US embassy's former location was sold at a "bad deal". Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" "It seems he's finally got the message".

The president accepted the queen's invitation for a state visit when he met with Prime Minister Theresa May in July at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

The most striking feature of the new embassy is a half-moon shaped moat surrounding it, which gives the 12-storey cube building a fortress-like feel. The old site was sold in 2009 and ground was broken at the new location in 2013.

The price tag for the deal was never disclosed and Qatari Diar plans to turn it into a luxury hotel.

The previous USA embassy building on Grosvenor Square in Mayfair, London, was not sold for "peanuts", as Trump alleges - because it never belonged to the United States.

"We will be sorry to see the USA embassy leave as the current security arrangements we negotiated are working well", Robert Davis, deputy leader of the Westminster City Council, said in 2008. The new building is walking distance from London's MI6 foreign intelligence headquarters.

Others, however, praised the Nine Elms and Battersea area.

Although the decision was not made under Obama, Trump is correct to say that the sale of the embassy was completed during the Obama administration. The square itself takes the family's surname, Grosvenor. The Canadian High Commission, a much smaller building also on Grosvenor Square, was sold in 2013 for nearly $500 million. Babe, south of the river is where it's at.

Developers hope that in the future the area will be as fashionable as Mayfair.

The building is finishing up several months behind schedule, is the world's most expensive embassy, and was also the subject of criticism from Republicans who questioned the Obama administration spending extra money for more advanced architecture.

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