London Mayor Sadiq Khan: 'Donald Trump Is Not Welcome Here'

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The cancelled visit comes after a raft of British MPs urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel his appearance following Trump's tweets in support of far-right extreme group Britain First at the end of previous year.

The US president had been expected to open the new $1bn (£738m) building, commissioned by his predecessor Barack Obama, which he said was a "bad deal". Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!'

Trump has also been offered a full-blown state visit to Britain but no date has been set, amid jitters over protests.

It comes after Theresa May initially extended an invitation for Donald Trump to come on an official state visit where the Queen would act as Trump's host.

Trump and Theresa May locked heads at the end of previous year after the president retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen.

In November, Ms May directly criticised Mr Trump's decision to retweet material from the far-right extremist group, Britain First.

First off, the decision to move the embassy was made under President George W. Bush.

However, London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, claimed Mr. Trump had "got the message" that he was not welcome in London.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will now step in for the launch of the new embassy site, which will open to staff on January 16. "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

Trump's decision not to visit the United Kingdom had nothing to do with the embassy move, but instead down to fears that his arrival would be protested by thousands of Britons, who would mercilessly ridicule the famously think-skinned billionaire politician. Of course, there was stiff opposition to it with an online petition of millions asking to cancel it and cautioning that there would be large-scale protests in case he does come.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Khan said that Trump's visit to London next month would "without a doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests".

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.

"He's been to countries all over the world and yet he's not been to the one with whom he's closest", he said.

Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who has been mainly supportive of Trump's presidency, said he was disappointed by the cancellation.

There was an outburst on social media after the visit was announced previous year, when protesters vowed to turn out in great numbers to let the US President know that he was not welcome in the UK. "The U.S.is one of our oldest and most valued allies and our strong partnership will endure", May's spokesman Blain said.

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