Trump cancels London trip over 'bad' embassy deal, blames Obama adminstration

Donald Trump has pulled out of his UK visit

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who's been on the receiving end of Trump's Twitter attacks, said Trump was never welcome by the people of London.

Trump claimed he had scrapped the trip because he didn't want to open the new US Embassy in London - blaming former President Obama for relocating the diplomatic headquarters.

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee wrote Trump's account regarding the Obama administration was not true, saying the decision to move the embassy was made in 2008 when George W. Bush was in office.

It's been reported that the new embassy's cost was $1.1 billion and was funded entirely by the sale of several American properties in London, including the original embassy in Grosvenor Square.

Earlier today President Donald Trump announced that he was cancelling his planned visit to the United Kingdom next month. Prime Minister Theresa May offered Trump a state visit to Britain one year ago, when she became the first foreign leader to visit the White House after his inauguration.

Trump's comments come amid reports in British media that the White House was anxious about mass protests during the president's visit.

Trump was billed to open the new United States embassy, in Vauxhall, London, in late-February, but announced on Thursday morning that he had made a decision to cancel these plans. Lammy tweeted. "You finally got the message that you'd be met by millions of us out on the streets protesting". The old site was sold in 2009 and ground was broken at the new location in 2013. The visit sparked controversy, with some demanding that Trump be barred from making a state visit over the his immigration policies and rhetoric.

"He's been to countries all over the world and yet he's not been to the one with whom he's closest", Farage told BBC Radio Four's Today programme.

The US president had been expected to open the new $1bn (£738m) building, commissioned by his predecessor Barack Obama, which he said was a "bad deal".

Asked if the Prime Minister shared the President's view of south London, Theresa May's spokesman replied: "It is a vibrant and important part of London, home to many businesses".

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