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“Bad embassy deal” is not the only reason Trump cancelled visit to London in Feb

Donald Trump has canceled his visit to the UK in February as a result of fears that his trip will be met with wide-scale protests. However, the U.S. President claimed that the reason he pulled his visit was his unhappiness with the sale and relocation of the Embassy in London.

“Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration has 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. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!” the full tweet reads.

There was an outburst on social media after the visit was announced last year when protesters vowed to turn out in great numbers to let the US President know that he was not welcome in the UK.

 

US embassy in London

 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan — who has been criticised by Mr. Trump in tweets — said the US President appeared to have “got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity, and tolerance”.

      

Donald Trump has confirmed he will not travel to the UK in February amid fears he would not be made welcome.

The United States announced plans to move from its current embassy building in Mayfair in 2008 and the new building will open on January 16. On the embassy web page about the project, it said: ‘The project has been funded entirely by the proceeds of the sale of other US Government properties in London, not through appropriated funds.’

We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building on Grosvenor Square,” then-Ambassador Robert Tuttle said. “In the end, we realized that the goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable embassy could best be met by constructing a new facility.” The ground was broken at the new site, in Nine Elms, in November 2013. Philadelphia-based architects KieranTimberlake won the tender to design the new building, according to the US embassy website. The existing complex in Grosvenor Square has been sold to Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, which will convert it into a hotel
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