No trip to London since embassy site is a 'bad deal'

A Madame Tussauds waxwork of Donald Trump outside the new US embassy in south London yesterday the nearest the president will get to the building for now

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Downing Street has accused Jeremy Corbyn and Sadiq Khan of jeopardising relations with America for telling Donald Trump he is not welcome in Britain, after the United States president called off a planned visit to London in the face of likely mass protests.

"The project has been executed within the established budget", an embassy spokesman said, adding it had "considered more than 50 sites" in London ahead of the move, which cost up to $1billion and "used no tax dollars".

As a resident of Nine Elms in south London, just around the corner from the new American embassy, for strictly selfish reasons I welcomed the news that Donald Trump would not be coming to open it after all.

In Washington, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's comment was exclusively about an embassy-related visit.

While Trump had claimed that he called off the visit because he didn't want to open the new USA embassy in south London and termed the decision to move the building from Mayfair to Vauxhall as a "bad deal". The move, which ended a 200-year US association with London's Grosvenor Square, was part of American efforts to secure diplomatic staff in compounds - a push tied to terror concerns after al Qaeda bombings at two USA embassies in East Africa a decade ago.

Relations between the U.S. and its closest ally have been tested repeatedly since Trump took office nearly a year ago.

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"The invitation for a state visit has been extended and accepted", the official said.

Matters got even worse when Trump re-tweeted video posts of a British ultra-rightist group targeting Muslim immigrants in November.

Khan noted Trump's cancellation "reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place".

The exchange prompted further calls to dump the visit.

Johnson tweeted: "The US is the biggest single investor in the United Kingdom - yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk". We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up... "But maybe Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party planning mass protests, maybe those optics he didn't like the look of".

Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda.

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