Donald Trump's reason for skipping United Kingdom questioned, even by embassy

Pro-Trump protesters cause havoc at Sadiq Khan's Fabian Society speech

On the face of it, Trump called off his "working" visit to the United Kingdom because of his displeasure at the Obama administration's decision to sell off the previous, "finest", embassy in Grosvenor Square to the Qataris for "peanuts" (never mind the fact that this decision was made in the final months of George W Bush's time in office, not Barack Obama's).

"President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and action the polar opposite of our city's values", Khan said in a statement released on Twitter.

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

He tweeted late on Thursday that he was not a big fan of the Obama administration that 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, Xinhua news agency reported.

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.

Trump said in a late-night tweet that he had decided not to come to London to open the new US embassy. 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 auto bombs and other attacks following the al-Qaeda embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998.

Mr Johnson told MPs: "I think Her Majesty the Queen is well capable to of taking this American president - or indeed any American president - in her stride, as she has done over six remarkable decades".

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"The invitation for a state visit has been extended and accepted", the official said. The idea had gradually evolved into a working visit in which Trump would open the London embassy.

In Washington, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's comment was exclusively about an embassy-related visit.

Trump's roiling of diplomatic relations caused disruptions in the Western Hemisphere as well.

But hundreds of Brits, including ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband, took to social media to say Trump scrapped the trip because "nobody wanted you to come".

The exchange prompted further calls to dump the visit. That message was echoed by David Lammy, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party, who believed Trump was shaken by the prospect of being "met by millions of us out on the streets protesting". But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the USA leader from coming.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a frequent defender of Trump, accused Khan and others of endangering the "crucial relationship". "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

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