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Trump cancels London trip over 'bad' embassy deal, blames Obama adminstration

Trump cancels London trip over 'bad' embassy deal, blames Obama adminstration

Boris Johnson has criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan for deterring Donald Trump from visiting Britain and putting the UK-US relationship "at risk" in a tweet on Friday.

The president's comments came after several British outlets reported that he was considering foregoing his trip to the new embassy's opening next month.

The new embassy building will begin to be used by U.S. diplomats from January 16, but a Downing Street spokesman said today that no date had been set for Trump's visit to cut the ribbon.

The president linked his decision to skip the ceremony to his disapproval of a "bad deal" done by the Obama administration to move the embassy from its old location for a cost he deemed too high.

Mr Trump accepted the Queen's invitation for an official state visit when Theresa May met him a year ago.

Prime Minister Theresa May was the first world leader to visit Mr. Trump as president, and last week insisted that he "will be coming to this country".

But the relationship between Trump and May has been far from rosy.

His decision not to come was welcomed by critics outraged by the USA travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, and more recently, Trump 's decision to re-tweet anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right organisation.

First off, the decision to move the embassy was made under President George W. Bush.

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But Khan says otherwise. "We will not allow USA -U.K. relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

Local Labour MP Marsha De Cordova told Sky News she was "pleased" Mr Trump would not be travelling to the United Kingdom because he was "really scared" of being met by a peaceful protest made up of hundreds of thousands of people.

He added that the videos make it "increasingly clear that any official visit at all from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed".

The new building was to have a focus on environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

He said: "The new embassy is 15 minutes from Parliament, we all know why he cancelled this visit".

Others thought Trump wouldn't be content with how regal his visit might be.

"Big protests if he came to cut ribbon".

There was an outburst on social media after the visit was announced past year, when protesters vowed to turn out in great numbers to let the US President know that he was not welcome in the UK.


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