White House: Trump didn't reject United Kingdom state visit

US embassy in London disagrees with Trump’s reason for cancelling UK trip

Asked if the PM was still confident the Trump state visit would go ahead after the President cancelled his February working visit, Mrs May's deputy spokesman said: "The US is one of our most valued allies".

A United Kingdom official said on Friday that the invitation to Trump for a state visit, first extended by May during her visit to the U.S. early in Trump's presidency, still stands, the CNN report said.

After Trump declared his disapproval with London's new United States embassy as the reason for cancelling his visit to the city, Madame Tussauds placed a waxwork of the President outside the building, CNN reported.

While the embassy statement emphasized that the USA was able to erect a new building project through a property swap, without using taxpayer funds, Trump might have a point on the economics of selling the old embassy in London's tony Mayfair district.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said that US President Donald Trump had "got the message" from Londoners after cancelling his visit to the city.

Some British lawmakers questioned whether Trump would be welcome in London because of previous tweets and criticism of Muslims and his sniping at London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the aftermath of a terror attack in that city past year.

Trump had been scheduled to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Britain next month.

He blamed President Barack Obama's administration for selling the old site for "peanuts" and building the new embassy in an "off location".

The study said that in a no-deal scenario, the industry that fares the worst will be financial and professional services, with as many as 119,000 fewer jobs nationwide. The sprawling 450-acre compound south of the Thames River, fixed on a hill and surrounded by a moat and other security measures, fulfills security requirements that embassies be isolated from other buildings and 100 feet away from roads to avoid vehicle bombs and other attacks following the al-Qaeda embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998.

The current ambassador, Robert "Woody" Johnson, said the change was necessary even though the US had been linked to Grosvenor Square for more than 200 years.

In the meantime, the relationship between May and Trump has come under strain.

"The invitation for a state visit has been extended and accepted", the official said.

Matters got even worse when Trump re-tweeted video posts of a British ultra-rightist group targeting Muslim immigrants in November.

"Let's hope that Donald Trump also resists the pursuit of his divisive agenda".

The mayor, a member of the main opposition Labour party, said there would have been "mass peaceful protests", and that it had been a "mistake" to invite him.

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