Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

United States embassy in London corrects Trump over 'bad deal'

Sadiq Khan's speech to the Fabian Society was disrupted ReutersA speech by London mayor Sadiq Khan was disrupted by protestors
Lisa Bryan | 14 January, 2018, 00:50

Sadiq Khan said the United States president had "got the message" from Londoners and would have been met by "mass peaceful protests" if he went ahead with plans to open the new embassy.

The embassy's new cube-shaped building is designed by American architect KieranTimberlake and will be open for business on Tuesday.

The deal for the new embassy was struck in 2008 by the administration of George W Bush before Mr Obama came to office.

Trump said the Obama administration sold "the best located and finest embassy in London for 'peanuts.'" The move follows long-standing fears that the U.S. president's trip could trigger protests in the UK. In an outburst on Twitter, the USA president said the new location is "bad" and no, he won't cut the ribbon.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Spokesperson Max Blain said Vauxhall is a vibrant part of London and "home to many businesses", and not an "off location" as Trump had described.

Meanwhile, there was some criticism of Mr Trump describing the new location of the U.S. embassy as "off-location"; its current home is in the heart of the West End in Grosvenor Square and is being moved to improve security.

Last night British officials said the visit was canned for "personal reasons" after a series of perceived slights.


"The project has been executed within the established budget", an embassy spokesman said, adding it had "considered more than 50 sites" in London ahead of the move, which cost up to $1billion and "used no tax dollars".

The United States is "still working with our UK allies to find a date for a visit for the invitation that was offered and accepted", said Sanders.

In addition, Ms May and Mr Trump fell out spectacularly in November over his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen. She later said Trump took her hand in a gentlemanly gesture as they walked down a ramp. We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up...

"A multi-disciplinary team of professionals considered over 170 criteria, to include physical security requirements, and determined that the Nine Elms site was the best overall location for the U.S. government", the statement added.

Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. Mr Khan, a member of the main opposition Labour Party, said there would have been "mass peaceful protests", and that it was a "mistake" to invite him.

There was initially confusion as Downing Street was unable to say whether the Foreign Secretary was speaking for the Government when he said Mr Khan and Jeremy Corbyn were putting the "crucial relationship at risk". "It seems he's finally got that message", Khan tweeted.

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