(Reuters/NAN) U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled a go to to London scheduled for early this 12 months, saying he was disenchanted with the “Obama administration having sold” the U.S. embassy within the British capital.
“The reason I cancelled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” solely to construct a brand new one in an off location for 1.2 billion ,” Trump stated in a tweet late on Thursday.
However, the embassy web site confirmed that the choice to maneuver the situation was taken months earlier than Barack Obama took workplace in January 2009.
The U.S. Embassy & Consulates within the UK stated in October 2008 the embassy can be relocated for safety causes.
“Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO,” Trump stated on Twitter.
The Daily Mail earlier reported the cancellation of Trump’s UK go to during which he was anticipated to inaugurate the brand new embassy.
The U.S. is forsaking an imposing 1960 stone and concrete embassy in London’s upmarket Grosvenor Square, an space often known as ‘Little America’ throughout World War Two, when the sq. additionally housed the army headquarters of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The new embassy on the South Bank is a veritable fortress set again no less than 100 toes (30 meters) from surrounding buildings, principally newly-erected high-rise residential blocks, and incorporating residing quarters for the U.S. Marines completely stationed inside.
The one billion-dollar-edifice, overlooking the River Thames, was wholly funded by the sale of different properties in London.