US President Donald Trump cancels UK visit in February

US President Donald Trump cancels UK visit in February

Earlier, British media reported that Trump was cancelling his visit to Great Britain scheduled for next month amid concerns over mass protests when arrives in London.

Taking to Twitter, Trump said he thought the Obama administration had sold "perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for peanuts", and he slammed the estimated $1.2 billion cost of the new project.

Trump said he thought the embassy's move was a "bad deal" and the building was in an "off location".

Almost a year ago, Trump accepted an invitation to visit from Queen Elizabeth II, which was extended by Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain while she was in Washington shortly after Trump's inauguration.

The Embassy is moving from its current location in Grosvenor Square, and although Mr Trump has blamed his predecessor for the move, it was initiated by the George W Bush administration. "Let's hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda", he added. Lammy tweeted. "You finally got the message that you'd be met by millions of us out on the streets protesting".

However, in a tweet last night Trump confirmed that he will not be making the highly contentious trip.

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

"I agree with President Trump that Grosvenor Square, in the heart of London, was a flawless location for our embassy". According to The Guardian, the U.S. State Department managed to cover the $1.2 billion cost by selling off other buildings it owns in London, meaning the total cost of the new embassy for the USA taxpayer was $0 - hardly a "bad deal".

"An invitation has been extended and accepted [for Trump's visit]" a spokesperson said at a briefing attended by Business Insider.

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

Mr. Khan, meanwhile, travelled to the USA and used taxpayers' money campaigning against Mr. Trump's election and has repeatedly attacked him and claimed he is "not welcome" in London. The visit sparked controversy, with some demanding that Trump be barred from making a state visit over the his immigration policies and rhetoric.

The US president, who has cancelled plans to visit Britain, was accused of being racist after questioning why his country should accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.

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