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Donald Trump's reason for skipping United Kingdom questioned, even by embassy

13 January 2018

President Donald Trump says he is canceling an upcoming trip to London because he doesn't like the Obama administration's choice of a new embassy there.

Johnson, a Trump appointee, also said the new embassy was entirely paid for by the sale of other London properties and "did not cost the US taxpayer a cent".

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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Londoners "have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here", Khan said.

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.

There has been speculation that his visit would result in mass protests, so people have been responding online with their own very serious reasons for not visiting London.

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Writing in London's Evening Standard newspaper, Johnson said the move from central London to Nine Elms, next to Battersea, was forced by security concerns after 11 September. The official, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive diplomatic matter, said Trump's decision reflected his belief that there was nothing to gain by going to Britain now.

"He has been to countries all over the world and yet he has not been to the one with whom he is closest", former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a ally, told the.

The Washington Post notes the billion-dollar construction bill was entirely funded through the sale of the old embassy and other United States -owned properties in London. Values for the best offices in the West End, which includes Mayfair, have doubled since then.

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"Who his Royal Highness Prince Harry and Miss Markle invite to their wedding is really a matter for them", said senior Conservative Party lawmaker Tom Tugendhat.

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".

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"The US is one of our oldest and most valued allies, and our strong partnership will endure", May's spokesman Blain said.

Donald Trump's reason for skipping United Kingdom questioned, even by embassy