Trump supporters demand London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrest

Sadiq Khan's speech to the Fabian Society was disrupted

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.

The George W. Bush administration had decided more than a decade ago to relocate the embassy from offices on prime land in the tony neighborhood of Mayfair in central London to a plot on the banks of the Thames in the south of the city. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut the ribbon - NO!"

On Friday evening, a U.S. embassy spokesman hit back at the President's claims and said the plan to finance the project was developed in 2007, at a time when George W. Bush was in the White House. At the time, U.S. Ambassador Robert Tuttle said the decision to move to the five-acre site came after a "long and careful process".

The US embassy in London has released a statement correcting President Donald Trump on the price tag of its relocation after he said it claimed it was a "bad deal".

"Security concerns after September 11 meant we had to move to a location that could better protect American citizens and our British neighbors", he wrote in an article for London's Evening Standard newspaper.

Trump claimed he had scrapped the visit because he didn't want to open the new United States embassy in the British capital, but Khan suggested the real reason was because he wouldn't be welcome.

On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refuted the speculation that the trip Trump canceled was an intended lower profile version of a state visit to Britain.

But a full-blown state visit replete with golden carriages and pomp has been deferred amid the threat of huge anti-Trump protests.

But that has strained into a special misunderstanding this week, after President Trump pulled out of the new London embassy dedication slated for next week and blasted the billion-dollar construction of the glassy diplomatic headquarters.

"I think we have to welcome the American President to Britain", Johnson said.

In Washington, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's comment was exclusively about an embassy-related visit.

Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who has been mainly supportive of Trump's presidency, said he was disappointed by the cancellation.

The exchange prompted further calls to dump the visit.

Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda.

The British government said the opening of the embassy was a matter for the United States.

But Johnson accused Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of damaging US-UK relations with their vocal criticism.

Some British lawmakers questioned whether Trump would be welcome in London because of previous tweets and criticism of Muslims and his sniping at London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the aftermath of a terror attack in that city a year ago.

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