Trump blames Obama for 'peanuts' embassy deal

Trump blames Obama for 'peanuts' embassy deal

Trump said on Twitter he canceled the visit because the USA embassy's former location was sold at a "bad deal".

Mr Trump claimed he had cancelled his trip the trip because he was unhappy that the embassy had been moved from Mayfair to Nine Elms in south west London.

Bemused construction workers and passers-by took selfies with the Trump waxwork, which was first unveiled at Madame Tussauds in January past year.

The White House says that President Donald Trump's tweet canceling a trip to London was in reference to a visit for the opening of the new USA embassy and that efforts to schedule a later state visit continue. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"

May's spokesman told reporters Trump was welcome in London and that the invitation to visit had been accepted, although no date agreed.

While Trump blamed the embassy real estate deal for his decision not to visit the capital of one of the United States' closest allies, various reports indicate planned protests contributed to the decision.

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"It seems he's finally got the message".

"We were only at the embassy for about 25 minutes, but there were some immediate reactions", she said.

Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump for a state visit when she met with him at the White House soon after he took office previous year.

The US flag was lowered for the final time on Tuesday from the top of the former 600-room embassy in Grosvenor Square, where US General Dwight Eisenhower had his headquarters during World War Two.

"Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda", London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has often exchanged barbs with Trump on social media, tweeted.

A model of US President Donald Trump from the Madame Tussaud's waxwork attraction more than four miles away was placed outside the new embassy building, due to open for business on January 16, after the president's announcement. The sale was made because the British government wanted to list the building as one of historical importance, which would have made renovations and a potential sale more hard to do.

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