U.S. embassy in London disagrees with Trump's reason for cancelling United Kingdom trip

Katrina Barker
January 14, 2018

Yet on Friday the USA embassy in London joined British officials in rebutting his claims.

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".

He blamed the Obama administration for the change, but the decision was actually announced when George W Bush was in charge.

U.S. President Donald Trump canceled his trip to Britain, amid what experts say are fears that locals will mount massive protests, U.S. experts told Xinhua.

Many Londoners on Friday offered their own reasons for President Donald Trump canceling a possible trip to the British capital: He was nervous about the expected protests that could greet him.

On the face of it, Trump called off his "working" visit to the United Kingdom because of his displeasure at the Obama administration's decision to sell off the previous, "finest", embassy in Grosvenor Square to the Qataris for "peanuts" (never mind the fact that this decision was made in the final months of George W Bush's time in office, not Barack Obama's). U.S. officials surveyed more than 50 sites before zeroing in on the site in Vauxhall, which is south of the river Thames, for the new embassy. The Daily Mail reported that Trump had backed out because he was unhappy about arrangements for the visit, which was billed as a "working" visit rather than a full state visit that could include a meeting with Queen Elizabeth.

"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".

In January previous year, Mrs May was the first foreign leader to visit Mr Trump in the White House.

May rebuked Trump in November after he retweeted unverified anti-Muslim videos from the far-right Britain First political group.

Trump's cancellation was met with humour on social media, with parodies of the president's tweet trending on Twitter.

In 2009, when Barack Obama was president, the United States agreed to sell its embassy in Mayfair to the Gulf investor Qatari Diar for an undisclosed sum to help fund a new embassy.

"His visit. would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests", Khan said. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the US leader from coming.

Some British lawmakers questioned whether Trump would be welcome in London because of previous tweets and criticism of Muslims and his sniping at London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the aftermath of a terror attack in that city past year. "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

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