“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. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!” Trump, @realDonaldTrump, Tweeted Friday morning.
The U.S. embassy’s own website, contradicts Trump, indicating that the announcement of the move was made in the final weeks of President George W. Bush’s administration.
The move to relocate the U.S. embassy to Nine Elms has been in the works for years, stretching back to 2008 when the State Department under President George W. Bush announced that it signed an agreement with a real estate developer to purchase the property.
The ceremony may instead be hosted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, sources in the US government suggested.
Trump accepted the Queen’s invitation for a state visit when he met with Prime Minister Theresa May in July at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. The trip had tentatively been planned to begin around the end of February.
The cancellation of his U.K. trip comes weeks after Trump sparked anger in Britain for retweeting incendiary anti-Muslim videos from a far-right U.K. politician.
Prime Minister Theresa May, said it was “wrong” for the president to have shared the videos first posted by the far-right Britain First Party.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan also called out Trump for promoting the “vile, extremist” Britain First, which “exists solely to sow divisions and hatred in our country.”
Disagreements widened in December after the UK criticized Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The British Parliament previously took the highly unusual step of debating a non-binding resolution to rescind an invitation of a state visit to the president after more than 1.8 million U.K. citizens signed a petition to that effect.