The United States President Donald Trump has canceled a visit to London expected to take place next month, , saying he was disappointed with the “Obama administration having sold” the U.S. embassy in the British capital and build a new one worth 1.2 billion dollars
Trump said in a tweet late on Thursday ,“(The) reason I canceled 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,”
However, the embassy website showed that the decision to move the location was taken months before Barack Obama took office in January 2009.
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan tweeted that Trump had finally got the message that he wasn’t welcome in the British capital.
The U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the UK said in October 2008 that the embassy will be relocated for security reasons.“Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!,”Trump said on Twitter
The U.S. is leaving behind an imposing 1960 stone and concrete embassy in London’s upmarket Grosvenor Square, an area known as ‘Little America’ during World War Two, when the square also housed the military headquarters of General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The new embassy on the South Bank is a veritable fortress set back at least 100 feet (30 meters) from surrounding buildings, mostly newly-erected high-rise residential blocks, and incorporating living quarters for the U.S. Marines permanently stationed inside.
The one billion-dollar-edifice overlooking the River Thames, was wholly funded by the sale of other properties in London.