Trump 'Got Message' On Opposition To Visit - London Mayor

Trump 'Got Message' On Opposition To Visit - London Mayor

Trump said on Twitter he canceled the visit because the US embassy's former location was sold at a "bad deal".

President Trump claims he cancelled his forthcoming visit to Britain to open the new USA embassy because "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".

A spokesman for her Downing Street office said Friday said that the state visit plans have not changed, although no date has yet been set.Opposition to Trump's visit was initially focused on his travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, and most recently his re-tweet of anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right organization, Britain First.

He says the embassy's move to a site along the River Thames was a bad deal, tweeting: "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".

During May's U.S. trip a year ago, she extended an invitation to Trump to make a formal state visit - which includes pomp, pageantry and a banquet with Queen Elizabeth. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"

"It seems he's finally got the message".

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Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump for a state visit when she met with him at the White House soon after he took office a year ago.

It was President Bush's administration that made the decision to move the embassy from Mayfair in 2006 amid concerns that the 800 staff could not be protected there from terrorism.

The American flag was this month removed from Grosvenor Square where the USA embassy has been based since 1938 with the area known as "Little America" during World War Two, when the square also housed the military headquarters of General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

"London mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted Trump had "got the message" that he was not welcome, referring to the backlash over the Queen's invitation".

Woody Johnson, Trump's appointed USA ambassador to Britain, told reporters last month that moving to the new site at Nine Elms reflected "the global outlook of the USA going forward in the 21st century: rather looking out, than looking in".

However, Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for the sale, saying he would not attend the official opening of the new site.

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