London Mayor Says Trump Visit Canceled Over Protests - The President Says Otherwise

Trump cancels UK trip over 'bad deal' embassy

Boris Johnson and Theresa May appeared to clash yesterday over their handling of Donald Trump's decision to cancel his visit to Britain.

Downing Street condemned the tweets but rejected calls from opposition MPs to revoke Mr Trump's invitation.

Prime Minister Theresa May offered Trump a state visit to Britain one year ago, when she became the first foreign leader to visit the White House after his inauguration.

The US embassy in London has responded to US President Donald Trump after he claimed the move to a new location in Battersea was a "bad deal".

Some U.K. lawmakers had said Trump was not welcome in Britain after he re-tweeted videos from a far-right British group and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan following a terror attack past year.

Asked about the PM's views on south London after the president described the embassy's new site as an "off location", the Number 10 spokesman said: "I think Vauxhall is a vibrant and important part of London and home to many businesses".

The uproar came after Trump re-tweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by a leader of the far-right group Britain First - a tiny group that regularly posts inflammatory videos.

The new United States embassy building is seen during a press preview near the River Thames in London, December 13, 2017.

The Guardian and Sky News both said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will instead travel to the U.K.to mark the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in London.


"The US is one of our oldest and most valued allies, and our strong partnership will endure", May's spokesman Blain said.

"It seems he's finally got the message". We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up...

The US flag was lowered for the final time on Tuesday from the top of the former 600-room embassy in Grosvenor Square, where US General Dwight Eisenhower had his headquarters during World War Two.

In Oct. 2008, the embassy was put up for sale and, the following year, sold to Gulf investor Qatari Diar.

Johnson, a Trump appointee, also said the new embassy was entirely paid for by the sale of other London properties and "did not cost the USA taxpayer a cent".

Trump tweeted overnight that he would not attend the ceremony, initially scheduled for next month.

The embassy said in a statement that the security and safety standards at the current embassy building at Grosvenor Square in London could not be maintained without a major infrastructure investment.

"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".

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