Trump Inaccurately Blames Obama As The Reason For Canceling His London Visit

Trump cancels Britain trip blames Obama for Bush-era London embassy deal

"Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" the US president added.

However, Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, told Radio 4 that Mr. Trump's decision has nothing to do with the UK's relationship with the U.S.

Woody Johnson, Trump's appointed USA ambassador to Britain, told reporters last month that moving to the new site at Nine Elms reflected "the global outlook of the US going forward in the 21st century: rather looking out, than looking in". Namely, a trip to London could have done further damage to the president's public image.

Barrack Obama was, however, president when the modernist concrete building on Grovenor Square was sold to the real estate firm Qatari Diar, owned by the Qatari royal family, in November 2009. "It's a signal to the world that this relationship will get stronger and get better".

Mrs May more recently discussed Brexit and events in the Middle East in a pre-Christmas phone call with Mr Trump.

Mr Trump accepted the Queen's invitation for an official state visit when the prime minister met him past year.

He said that plans for protests by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour mayor of London, Sadiq Khan - who has traded barbs with Trump on Twitter - may have been a factor.

However, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan - who has clashed with the president in the past - said the USA president had "got the message" that many Londoners were staunchly opposed to his policies and actions. Following the White House's implementation of its Muslim travel ban, the Times of London reported that Buckingham Palace was not jazzed about the optics of a state visit from Trump.

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"It seems he's finally got the message". "The invitation has been extended and accepted", the spokesman said, according to Reuters, adding that no date had been confirmed for the visit. "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

Asked about the PM's views on south London after the president described the embassy's new site as an "off location", the spokesman said: "I think Vauxhall is a vibrant and important part of London and home to many businesses".

But the American presence has not been appreciated by the embassy's neighbors in recent years.

"This isn't just a new office, though, it signifies a new era of friendship between out two countries".

Thomas Cole, head of policy for the cross-party, pro-EU group Open Britain, said Trump was "showing early signs of panic here [and is] perhaps less committed to a bilateral [trade] deal with United Kingdom than some had thought".

There had always been security concerns about the Grosvenor Square site, dating back to the late 1990s after attacks on US embassies in Africa. The U.S. spent £8 million (about $11 million) on security upgrades following the September 11, 2001, attacks, because local residents protested having to live near what they felt was a terror target.

The most striking feature of the new embassy is a half-moon shaped moat surrounding it, which gives the 12-storey cube building a fortress-like feel.

The $1 billion construction was funded by the sale of other properties in London.

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