Trump cancels United Kingdom embassy visit, blaming Obama for 'bad deal' on building

Trump cancels United Kingdom embassy visit, blaming Obama for 'bad deal' on building

Trump cancels United Kingdom embassy visit, blaming Obama for 'bad deal' on building

The US embassy move was originally announced in 2008 under the Bush State Department.

President Donald Trump said /a he canceled a February trip to the United Kingdom for the opening of a new U.S. embassy there due to what he described as a "bad deal" he said was made during the Obama administration.

"In the tweet, Trump blames his predecessor, former president Barack Obama, for the decision to sell the existing embassy, which he describes as "the best located and finest" in the city, for "'peanuts'".

As for the president's tweet condemning the Obama administration for a "bad" deal on the new US diplomatic compound in London, the USA embassy's own website indicates that the announcement of the move was made in the final weeks of President George W. Bush's administration.

However, Mr Trump has decided not to attend the event, sending Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his place, in a major diplomatic snub to the UK.

That's despite a recent spat between President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May after Trump retweeted posts by a far-right British group depicting physical attacks the group claimed were carried out by Muslims.

He disparaged the new US embassy in Nine Elms in a Late Thursday Twitter post.

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He went on to thank the Prime Minister for troop and humanitarian assistance in the fight against terrorism and ISIS. The two leaders also discussed military cooperation, trade and their different responses to climate change.

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

May's government has been keen to strike up a close working relationship with the Trump administration despite his erratic behaviour, because of Britain's desire to strike a swift trade deal with the world's largest economy.

The Daily Mail says the "lack of "bells and whistles" and royal involvement" may also have "discouraged" Trump from coming to London.

Trump accepted the Queen's invitation for an official state visit when Prime Minister Theresa May visited him in the White House a year ago. The original building was in an area that had been viewed as a potential terrorist target, according to a June 2015 New York Times report.

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

Calls for a second European Union referendum, the tragic consequences of the winter flu virus and reported developments over Donald Trump's planned visit to Britain all make the front pages on Friday. "It's increasingly clear that any official visit from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed".

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