DONALD Trump has confirmed he will not come to the United Kingdom to open the new U.S. embassy next month, blaming the Obama administration's decision to move it to an "off location" in a "bad deal".
He blamed Barack Obama's administration for a "bad deal" despite the fact the move was agreed under George W Bush.
"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", the president tweeted on Thursday. In an outburst on Twitter, the USA president said the new location is "bad" and no, he won't cut the ribbon.
A Trump visit has been on the cards since British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the United States a few days after Trump's inauguration past year.
Trump said in a late-night tweet that he had decided not to come to London to open the new US embassy.
Asked about the PM's views on south London after the president described the embassy's new site as an "off location", the Number 10 spokesman said: "I think Vauxhall is a vibrant and important part of London and home to many businesses".
But a full-blown state visit replete with golden carriages and pomp has been deferred amid the threat of huge anti-Trump protests. Trump sparked outrage among members of Parliament and drew a sharp rebuke from Prime Minister Theresa May after he retweeted posts from a fringe anti-Muslim group in November. In December, USAmbassador to Panama John Feeley resigned in protest of Trump's policies, ahead of the president deriding Latin American nations such as Haiti and El Salvador as "s***hole countries", Reuters reported Friday.
The United States is "still working with our UK allies to find a date for a visit for the invitation that was offered and accepted", said Sanders.
In the meantime, the relationship between May and Trump has come under strain. That message was echoed by David Lammy, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party, who believed Trump was shaken by the prospect of being "met by millions of us out on the streets protesting". "Yet is one of the most advanced embassies we have ever built".
But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson suggested that the decision was prompted by opposition to Mr Trump in Britain, and warned that such critics "seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk".
Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the USA leader from coming.