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Trump waxwork amuses residents in 'off location' of new USA embassy

Trump waxwork amuses residents in 'off location' of new USA embassy

President Donald Trump's decision to forgo a visit to London to open a new United States embassy kindled doubts about his justification for staying away - even from his own nation's diplomats.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump have disrupted a speech by Sadiq Khan and called for the London Mayor to be arrested.

But Trump's late-night tweet singled out problems with the handling of the embassy.

Trump tweeted that he would not visit to open the embassy, saying the decision was because Barack Obama had sold the previous building in Grosvenor Square "for peanuts" and built an expensive replacement in a poor location in south London.

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".

Trump said in a late-night tweet that he had decided not to come to London to open the new US embassy.

The President is also due to meet the Queen in a full state visit at a later date but a source claimed the lack of "bells and whistles" may have put him off coming on the initial visit.

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

But hundreds of Brits, including ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband, took to social media to say Trump scrapped the trip because "nobody wanted you to come".

There is likely some relief in the British government at Trump's decision, which would have caused at the very least a major policing operation.

Mr Johnson tweeted at about 11am: "The US is the biggest single investor in the United Kingdom - yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk".

The mayor of London - who has been criticized by Trump in tweets - said Trump appeared to have "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". We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up...

He took to Twitter to say his first trip to Britain since being elected a year ago was off amid claims he feared mass street protests and blamed his predecessor Barack Obama for selling off the former embassy in Grosvenor Square "for peanuts".


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