US President Donald Trump nixes United Kingdom trip to open new embassy

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is furious after US President Donald Trump cancelled his trip to London

STEGAN ROUSSEAU POOL GETTY IMAGES British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is furious after US President Donald Trump cancelled his trip to London

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

Writing on Twitter, Mr Trump said he thought the embassy's move from Grosvenor Square to Nine Elms, south London, was a "bad deal".

And indeed, it's not clear that Trump's allegations of a "bad deal" on the new embassy passes the sniff test. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to meet with Trump at the White House after he was sworn into office.

US President Donald Trump has pulled out of a planned visit to the UK
EVAN VUCCI AP US President Donald Trump has pulled out of a planned visit to the UK

And London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has previously clashed with Trump, offered an alternative reason for why the trip may have been cancelled.

He concluded: "Let's hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda". Lammy tweeted. "You finally got the message that you'd be met by millions of us out on the streets protesting". He was scheduled to visit the British capital next month to open the new facility.

Khan had commented at the time saying he was "not welcome" to visit the United Kingdom saying "President Trump. used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists exclusively to sow division and hatred in our country".

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will replace Trump to open the new embassy, The Guardian reported.

The new embassy, which cost $1.2bn, is located near Battersea Power Station in southwest London.

Trump's comments come amid reports in British media that the White House was anxious about mass protests during the president's visit.

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A spokesperson for May told Reuters that the invitation was accepted although no formal date was set.

Trump and Theresa May locked heads at the end of a year ago after the president retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen.

"Congratulations", one person said.

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"We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building on Grosvenor Square", Tuttle said in that October 2008 statement. Trump was one of the few world leaders to endorse the move, and May's government has been courting closer ties to Washington, particularly in the area of bilateral trade.

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