White House: Trump didn't reject United Kingdom state visit

White House: Trump didn't reject United Kingdom state visit

White House: Trump didn't reject United Kingdom state visit

And U.S. officials have pointed out that the new embassy is just as close to the U.K. Parliament and other government buildings as the old site.

It has been pointed out several times already this morning that this decision was not made by Obama's administration, but by Bush's before him, and that the $1.2 billion figure is largely misleading because the sale of the previous embassy largely financed this.

The U.S. presence on Grosvenor Square goes back to the late 18th century, when future president John Adams was the first U.S. envoy to England.

The $1 billion construction project overlooking the River Thames began in November 2013 and was wholly funded by the sale of other US properties in London.

Donald Trump's cancellation of his visit to the United Kingdom has caused a stir, with the US President concocting a tweet to blame a favourite scapegoat: Barack Obama. May proclaimed the strength of the "most special relationship" between the two countries and the government extended an invitation for a state visit as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II.

Trump will instead send Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his place to christen America's new embassy in the British capital, The Daily Mail first reported.

Donald Trump has cancelled a visit to Britain next month to open the new USA embassy in London amid fears of mass protests.

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Mr. Trump has already visited France, Poland, Japan, and China as USA president, with little or no protest or opposition.

Mr Trump accepted the Queen's invitation for an official state visit when Theresa May met him past year.

Trump was embroiled in a public spat with British Prime Minister Theresa May late a year ago after he retweeted three anti-Muslim videos from far-right group Britain First.

In December, the American Ambassador Woody Johnson expressed his desire for the president to be present at the opening ceremony, but stressed a date had not yet been fixed for his visit.

USA ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson last month told the BBC he "absolutely" expected Mr Trump to visit Britain in the new year.

Trump had responded by tweeting directly to the British PM that she should focus on tackling domestic terrorism.

The main reason cited was security: US officials said it would have taken several years and hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the old embassy, completed in 1960, up to standard.

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