Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump cancelled United Kingdom visit as he is not welcome here: London Mayor

Trump cancelled United Kingdom visit as he is not welcome here: London Mayor

But Trump's late-night tweet singled out problems with the handling of the embassy.

"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". In short, the real estate mogul pegged it as a lousy deal.

Trump claimed he had scrapped the visit because he didn't want to open the new USA embassy in the British capital, but Khan suggested the real reason was because he wouldn't be welcome.

Meanwhile, there was some criticism of Mr Trump describing the new location of the United States embassy as "off-location"; its current home is in the heart of the West End in Grosvenor Square and is being moved to improve security.

The new embassy on the South Bank is a veritable fortress set back at least 100 feet (30 meters) from surrounding buildings - mostly newly-erected high-rise residential blocks - and incorporating living quarters for the US Marines permanently stationed inside.

A Trump visit has been on the cards since British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the United States a few days after Trump's inauguration previous year.

The snub, reported by the Daily Mail, would be the second blow to Mr Trump and the UK's relationship.

Londoners "have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here", Khan said.

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

"The invitation for a state visit has been extended and accepted", the official said. The official, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive diplomatic matter, said Trump's decision reflected his belief that there was nothing to gain by going to Britain now.

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

"It's disappointing", Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party told BBC Radio's Today program on Friday.

Any possible first trip to the United Kingdom by Mr Trump since being elected to the White House is likely to be met with fierce protests.

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. Values for the best offices in the West End, which includes Mayfair, have doubled since then.

According to new reports the US President will be snubbed from the royal wedding guest-list.

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