Trump claims London visit canceled over embassy deal

Donald Trump's UK visit

Khan responded to Trump canceling his United Kingdom visit with this statement: "It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance".

However, it was the State Department under former President George W. Bush that made the decision in 2008 to move the embassy for security reasons, according to the New York Post. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the USA leader from coming.

"His visit. would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests", Khan said. "And you got the message". He even got in an extra jab at Khan, calling him a "puffed up pompous popinjay".

Later, a Number 10 source confirmed that Mr Johnson had been speaking for the Government, telling The Independent: "Boris expresses himself in his own inimitable way - but we agree that any risk to the crucial US-UK relationship is not in our country's best interest".

And in news which will nearly certainly spark the UK's numerous anti-Trump protestors into further action, Theresa May is now said to be mulling plans for a State Visit later in the year.

A Trump visit has been on the cards since British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the United States a few days after Trump's inauguration past year.

Khan, who is Muslim, called Britain First, the far-right party Trump retweeted, "a vile, extremist group that exists exclusively to sow division and hatred in our country".

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

More than a year into his presidency, Trump has yet to visit London, with many Britons vowing to protest against a man they see as crude, volatile and opposed to their values on a range of issues.

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The London embassy is also believed to have been the only one in the world that was not owned outright by the USA government.

The U.S. embassy has been based on the square since 1938 and the area was known as "Little America" during World War Two as General Dwight D. Eisenhower's military headquarters were housed on the square.

The price tag for the deal was never disclosed and Qatari Diar plans to turn it into a luxury hotel.

Mark Wright, 29, also from South East London said Trump's tweet was "a load of rubbish". In 2009, it was given "listed" status which limits changes that can be made to the building's exterior because of its historical significance.

The old and new embassies are less than four miles apart and the embassy remains in central London, contrary to Trump's criticism of it as an 'off location'.

"Mr Trump is always welcome to come and visit his figure here in the United Kingdom". In December, Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the president.

The American flag was this month removed from the USA embassy in Grosvenor Square as part of the move to a location on the South Bank in a $1 billion construction project.

There had always been security concerns about the Grosvenor Square site, dating back to the late 1990s after attacks on USA embassies in Africa.

The new US embassy is a veritable fortress set back at least 100 feet from surrounding buildings such as high-rise residential blocks and incorporating living quarters for US Marines permanently stationed inside.

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