Trump cancels United Kingdom trip

The new embassy was due to be opened by Trump next month

The new embassy was due to be opened by Trump next month

President Trump announced he was canceling a trip to London in a late night tweet that blamed his predecessor Barack Obama for a "bad deal" involving a new USA embassy.

It says: "The U.S. 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".

But the prospect of demonstrations against his appearance could also have been a factor in the president's decision to cancel the visit.

The previous embassy was "the best located and finest embassy in London", Trump said, adding that new $1 billion embassy in Vauxhall, south London, is built in an "off location". "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"

Actually, it was then-President George W. Bush's State Department that in 2008 chose to move the embassy for security reasons.

As recently as January 7, May reiterated that the state visit is still planned, saying "Trump is coming to the United Kingdom".

Trump was scheduled to make his first official visit to the United Kingdom next month. Matters got even worse when Trump retweeted video posts of a British ultra-rightist group targeting Muslim immigrants in November.

The newspaper said the prime minister's office was aware that the visit had been postponed.

The problem with that rationale is that Trump's tweet misrepresented the history of the U.S. Embassy move.

The White House has yet to respond to the reports, while Downing Street declined to comment on the particular case.

"But it's a disappointing sign of how weak May's leadership is that she wasn't courageous enough to call the visit off herself".

"This has been a long and careful process", then-U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. Robert Tuttle said at the time.

Nigel Farage has blamed Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan for backing protests that could have deterred Donald Trump from visiting the UK.

The American flag was this month removed from the USA embassy in Grosvenor Square - an area known as "Little America" during World War Two, when the square also housed the military headquarters of General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In fact, it was never certain that Trump would make the to visit Britain, historically America's closest ally.

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