Trump Gives Painfully Transparent Excuse to Avoid London Trip

Trump No Trip to London Since Embassy Site Is a'Bad Deal

Muniz said at the time that the US sold other properties in London to finance the entire cost of the new embassy.

Despite Trump's tweet blaming Obama, the decision to move and choice of new location was actually made during the Bush administration.

Mr Khan said: 'It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance.

Asked if the Prime Minister shared the President's view of south London, Theresa May's spokesman replied: "It is a vibrant and important part of London, home to many businesses".

Supporters of Trump though said his refusal to visit London was a shame and reflected badly on the British public.

But Thursday night, just minutes before midnight, he tweeted he would not be attending, saying, "Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" So, while we don't know exactly how much the USA gained from the sales, we do know that the new construction happened at no cost to USA taxpayers.

Mrs May controversially extended the offer of a state visit, officially on behalf of the Queen, when she became the first world leader to meet Mr Trump in the White House following his inauguration a year ago.

But Mr Khan said the United States president's visit would have been met with "mass peaceful protests".

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Mr Trump's announcement followed speculation that he would formally open the embassy at a ceremony in February. "And you 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.

As for the president's tweet condemning the Obama administration for a "bad" deal on the new USA diplomatic compound in London, the US embassy's own website indicates that the announcement of the move was made in the final weeks of President George W. Bush's administration.

"We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed-up, pompous popinjay in City Hall", Johnson tweeted.

It said: "The US State Department today signed a conditional agreement with the real estate developer Ballymore to acquire a site in the Nine Elms Opportunity Area in Wandsworth for the construction of a new Embassy".

As he trampled roughshod over diplomatic ties with some of the United States' closest allies in the first weeks of his presidency, it appeared that Donald Trump could likewise sabotage the "special relationship" that has existed between the USA and Britain since the 1940s.

The current embassy's location in a busy square makes it hard to secure, and attempts to do so weren't popular with the neighbors. "Workers came out to take selfies, and I guess some people checked twice whether this is really just a waxwork", said Treacy, who emphasized that the waxworks museum did not pursue a political agenda with the Friday initiative. 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 new embassy is a veritable fortress set back at least 100 feet (30 metres) from surrounding buildings - mostly newly-erected high-rise residential blocks - and incorporating living quarters for U.S. Marines permanently stationed inside.

On the embassy web page about the project, it said: "The project has been funded entirely by the proceeds of the sale of other US Government properties in London, not through appropriated funds".

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