Trump visit 'would have provoked protests'

Donald Trump and Theresa May inside the White House in January 2017

Mr Trump said he thought the embassy's move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious Mayfair district of central London to an "off location" at Nine Elms, south of the Thames, was a "bad deal".

Boris Johnson has criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan for deterring Donald Trump from visiting Britain and putting the UK-US relationship "at risk" in a tweet on Friday.

Last month, a date appeared to be set: Trump would head to London at the end of February for the opening of the new USA embassy.

According to the State Department, it was the administration of President George W. Bush - not Obama - that made a decision to build a new embassy in 2006 and chose the new location in 2008.

A petition to stop Trump - who is deeply unpopular in Britain - from making an official state visit garnered over 1.8 million signatures a year ago amid a backlash over his controversial travel ban, CNN reported.

The State Department, however, announced plans for relocating the London embassy in 2008, while George W. Bush was still president, because of concerns about security following the September 11 terror attacks. "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

The U.K.'s official invitation to Trump for a full "state visit" still stands, Blain said.

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"We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building on Grosvenor Square", Ambassador Robert Tuttle explained at the time.

Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who has been mainly supportive of Trump's presidency, said he was disappointed by the cancellation.

The Guardian ran a story that said President Trump "backed off" the visit and chose Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to replace him out of fear of protests.

ReutersDonald Trump's decision is likely influenced by the prospect of mass protests on the streets of London if he came. The old site was sold in 2009 and ground was broken at the new location in 2013.

"This is somebody who has promoted hatred and propaganda from a far-right organization in this country", said opposition Labor lawmaker Chuka Umunna, saying Trump's decision not to come was "very welcome".

"I think we have to welcome the American President to Britain", Johnson said.

"Our new embassy reflects not just America's special history with the United Kingdom but the special future ahead of us as we advance the prosperity and security of both our nations", he wrote.

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