U.S. embassy in London corrects Trump over 'bad deal'

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A ribbon-cutting for the new $1 billion U. S. Embassy in London will go forward but not with President Trump.

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.

The decision to acquire a new London embassy site on the south bank of the Thames was announced in 2008 under George W. Bush along with the plans to put the old Grosvenor Square site in upscale Mayfair up for sale.

The US embassy in London has released a statement correcting President Donald Trump on the price tag of its relocation after he said it claimed it was a "bad deal".

British Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit the country past year during her sojourn to the White House after the US election.

Some U.K. lawmakers had said Trump was not welcome in Britain after he re-tweeted videos from a far-right British group and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan following a terror attack a year ago.

"The US is one of our oldest and most valued allies and our strong and deep partnership will endure", the spokesman said.

Mr Trump had been expected to travel to the British capital next month to open the embassy, which will move from Grosvenor Square to Nine Elms.

Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration in January past year, and they were filmed emerging from the White House holding hands.

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There had been speculation that the trip would be merged with a planned state visit to Britain offered to Trump by Prime Minister Theresa May.

The embassy is set to be shifted from Mayfair to south London.

Many British politicians have voiced their opposition to Trump being granted a state visit, and say the invite should be recalled.

Downing Street declined to comment on the particular case but reports suggested No 10 was aware the "working visit" had been postponed.

In addition, Ms May and Mr Trump fell out spectacularly in November over his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen.

The embassy, topped by a gilded bald eagle with a wingspan of more than 11 metres, opened in 1960 and was designed by the Finnish-American modernist Eero Saarinen.

"His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests".

Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. "The opening of the USA embassy is a matter for the United States".

But the Foreign Secretary took to Twitter to condemn Mr Khan and his party leader, saying: "The US is the biggest single investor in the United Kingdom yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk".

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