Trump cancels Britain trip, blames Obama for "peanuts" London embassy deal


The visit scheduled for next month was not the state visit for which Prime Minister Theresa May had extended an invitation past year, raising hackles in Britain.

Museum officials said the decision was made spontaneously after Trump tweeted late Thursday from the United States that he wouldn't be at the ceremonial opening next month.

"Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda", London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has often exchanged barbs with Trump on social media, tweeted.

Britain's Foreign Fecretary Boris Johnson has blamed UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan for US President Donald Trump's decision to abandon a visit to London, as he vowed not to let the pair put the "crucial relationship at risk".

With activists pledging to stage mass protests and MPs determined not to give the president the opportunity to address parliament, no date for a state visit has been set.

In a Twitter message shortly before midnight Thursday, Trump implicitly rejected reports that the trip - never announced but widely assumed to be in February - was being scrapped over concerns that the USA leader would be met with widespread protests.

A twitter war erupted after Trump tweeted: "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".

Large protests are expected to accompany any presidential visit to the British capital, where Trump is deeply unpopular. "It seems he's finally got the message".

She said Trump was "wrong" to do it and called the British group "hateful".

While Republican Trump put the blame on his Democrat predecessor Barack Obama, the decision to move from Mayfair to Nine Elms was in fact taken by the administration of Republican former president George W. Bush in 2008. "She has seen them come and she has seen them go".

"But the U.S. is one of our oldest and most valued allies and our strong and deep partnership will endure".

While Trump cast it as exclusively his decision, his reception figured to be controversial after he retweeted videos from a far-right British group, and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan following a terror attack previous year.

The U.S. embassy has been based on the square since 1938 and the area was known as "Little America" during World War Two as General Dwight D. Eisenhower's military headquarters were housed on the square. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Govindia called it an "iconic new zone", pointing out that Apple were moving their offices to the area.

The old United States Embassy in London was situated on a historic square in the exclusive Mayfair neighbourhood, home to some of the city's most valuable real estate.

The decision is in contrast to the comments made by Woody Johnson - the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom - at the a year ago end that Trump was planning to visit Britain in 2018 as well as May's comments last week that he "will be coming to this country".

Mr Trump said the building cost US$1.2 billion (S$1.6 billion) - a price tag that reportedly makes it the most expensive embassy building in the world.

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