Trump can­cels UK trip to open new US em­bassy

Observer on Saturday - - News -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has con­firmed he will not travel to the UK to open the new Amer­i­can em­bassy.

Trump was re­port­edly con­cerned about the wel­come he would re­ceive in the UK. The Pres­i­dent is un­der­stood to be send­ing US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son in­stead.

But writ­ing on Twit­ter, Mr Trump said he thought the em­bassy’s move from Grosvenor Square to Nine Elms, south Lon­don, was a “bad deal”.

He wrote: “Rea­son I can­celled my trip to Lon­don is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion hav­ing sold per­haps the best lo­cated and finest em­bassy in Lon­don for ”peanuts,“only to build a new one in an off lo­ca­tion for 1.2 bil­lion dol­lars.

“Bad deal. Wanted me to cut rib­bon-NO!”

The United States an­nounced plans to move from its cur­rent em­bassy build­ing in May­fair in


2008 and the new build­ing will open on 16 Jan­uary.


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.”

Mr Trump’s de­ci­sion not to come to the coun­try comes de­spite Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May say­ing that a fu­ture visit was still on the cards last week.

Mrs May con­tro­ver­sially ex­tended the of­fer of a state visit when she be­came the first world leader to meet Mr Trump in the White House fol­low­ing his in­au­gu­ra­tion last year. Since then, how­ever, the Pres­i­dent has in­di­cated he does not want to take up the in­vi­ta­tion if he is go­ing to face mass demon­stra­tions.

NOT GO­ING TO UK: Don­ald Trump.

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