President Trump introduced he was canceling a visit to London in a late evening tweet that blamed his predecessor Barack Obama for a ‘dangerous deal’ involving a brand new U.S. embassy.
Trump was anticipated to journey to the UK subsequent month to open a brand new U.S. embassy in southwest London, as protest teams threatened to stage the “greatest demonstration in British historical past.”
Trump tweeted, “Purpose I canceled my journey to London is that I’m not an enormous fan of the Obama Administration having bought maybe the most effective positioned and best embassy in London for “peanuts,” solely to construct a brand new one in an off location for 1.2 billion . Unhealthy deal. Wished me to chop ribbon-NO!”
UK Prime Minister Theresa Might prolonged an invite to the president when she grew to become the primary world chief to go to Trump’s White Home final yr.
However after Trump retweeted a video from the far-right group Britain First that purportedly confirmed a gaggle of Muslims pushing a boy off a roof, Might publicly rebuked the president.
“The truth that we work collectively doesn’t imply that we’re afraid to say once we suppose that the USA have gotten it unsuitable and to be very clear with them. I’m very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the unsuitable factor to do,” Might stated.
It was introduced in 2008 that the U.S. embassy, which was initially positioned in Gosvenor Sq. within the Mayfair district, could be relocated to 9 Elms in Wandsworth.
The embassy was susceptible to terrorist assaults regardless of a $15million renovation to extend safety enhancements.
One planning official bemoaned the transfer and stated, “It’s like transferring from the New York’s Higher East Facet to New Jersey,” however the State Division defended the choice by saying it was the results of a “lengthy and cautious course of.”
Ambassador Robert Tuttle stated on the time, “We checked out all our choices, together with renovation of our present constructing on Gorsvenor Sq.. Ultimately, we realized that the purpose of a contemporary, safe and environmentally sustainable Embassy may greatest be met by setting up a brand new facility.”