US President Donald Trump cancels UK visit in February

US President Donald Trump cancels UK visit in February

US President Donald Trump cancels UK visit in February

London Mayor Sadiq Khan cast doubt on Trump's claim that his decision was due to a grievance against the embassy, instead suggesting that it was over concerns that the president would be met with massive protests.

In a tweet, Mr Trump said he was not happy that the Obama administration had sold the previous United States embassy at Grosvenor Square in London for "peanuts". First off, the decision to move the embassy was made under President George W. Bush.

The $1 billion construction, overlooking the River Thames, was wholly funded by the sale of other properties in London.

Later Friday, a spokesman for May said Trump is still welcome to visit at a later date.

While he believes the president's not visiting is a "great shame", he added that "the alliance [between Great Britain and the U.S.] isn't based on who lives in the White's on shared values, common interests and absolute commitment to the global rules-based system which we have [upheld] through NATO, through the United Nations and through various other treaty organizations around the world".

Meanwhile, Trump ally Nigel Farage, the far-right former leader of Britain's UK Independence Party, lashed out at Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbin or backing protests that could have deterred Trump from visiting. "It seems he's finally got that message", Khan tweeted.

MPs who have previously debated in parliament about whether Trump should be awarded a full state visit or not, struggled to hold back their thoughts on the matter. "We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building on Grosvenor Square", Tuttle said in 2008. It said any official state visit should be axed "because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty, the Queen".

In the opinion of #Donald Trump, the new location of the #US embassy at Nine Elms site, near Battersea in #London was a bad deal.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has invited President Trump to visit the United Kingdom, although a visit date has not been set. One YouGov survey found some 55% of British people who were polled were not interested in hosting the U.S. president.

Trump had also been scheduled to hold talks with prime minister May in No 10 Downing Street, with February 26 and 27 marked in the diary for the visit.

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