Sale of the 'finest' American embassy: was it a rotten deal?


Mr Trump claimed he had cancelled his trip the trip because he was unhappy that the embassy had been moved from Mayfair to Nine Elms in south west London.

U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a trip to London scheduled for next month to open a new embassy, saying he did not want to endorse a bad deal agreed by the Obama administration to sell the old one for "peanuts". "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" "It seems he's finally got that message", Khan tweeted.

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

Trump said he had cancelled next month's visit, which had been set to include the opening of the new USA embassy in London, because he did not like the building and thought it was a "bad deal" financially.

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While Trump blamed the embassy real estate deal for his decision not to visit the capital of one of the United States' closest allies, various reports indicate planned protests contributed to the decision.

Thomas Cole, head of policy for the cross-party, pro-EU group Open Britain, said Trump was "showing early signs of panic here [and is] perhaps less committed to a bilateral [trade] deal with United Kingdom than some had thought".

Facebook groups organizing for Trump's planned February visit called for one of the largest protests Britain had ever seen.

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Though Mrs May was the first world leader to visit the President in the White House after his inauguration last January, it's surprising - given the importance of the so-called "special relationship" between the two countries - that he's not yet travelled to these shores.

In a BBC interview on Sunday, May insisted that Trump "will be coming to this country" in spite of the opposition.

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

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 U.S. going forward in the 21st century: rather looking out, than looking in". "We have to work with him".

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The British government has extended Mr. Trump an invitation for a state visit.