U.S. embassy in London corrects Trump over 'bad deal'

U.S. embassy in London corrects Trump over 'bad deal'

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.

President Donald Trump says he is canceling an upcoming trip to London because he doesn't like the Obama administration's choice of a new embassy there.

In Washington, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's comment was exclusively about an embassy-related visit.

"Reason I canceled 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".

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"His visit next month would, without doubt, have been met by mass peaceful protests", he added.

Mr Trump also criticised the location of the new building in Vauxhall, south London, as an "off location", adding: "Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"

"We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed-up, pompous popinjay in City Hall", Johnson tweeted.

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"No date was confirmed for any visit, the one you are referring to now". For, like it or not, trans-Atlantic trade ties, as well as diplomatic and defence co-operation, will always matter and the United Kingdom, frankly, isn't in a position to take umbrage with its closest ally as it prepares to leave the EU.

The "strong and deep" partnership between Britain and the U.S. "will endure" despite Mr Trump's cancellation, a spokesman added.

Last year, a petition to stop Trump from making an official state visit to Britain garnered over 1.8 million signatures.

In an article in London's Evening Standard newspaper on Friday, US ambassador Woody Johnson said Washington was "re-investing in the special relationship".

He conceded that the former building in upmarket Mayfair, central London, was a "perfect location" but noted it was viewed as too vulnerable following the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The area became known as "Little America" at the time. It will be open for business on January 16.

"A multi-disciplinary team of professionals considered over 170 criteria, to include physical security requirements, and determined that the Nine Elms site was the best overall location for the United States government", the statement added.

In Trump's absence, the Madame Tussauds museum installed the president's waxwork outside the new embassy, causing construction workers to crowd round and pose for selfies. More than a year into his presidency, Trump has yet to visit London, with many Britons vowing to protest against a man they see as crude, volatile and opposed to their values on a range of issues.

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