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Trump cancels trip to London, calling embassy site 'bad deal'

Trump cancels trip to London, calling embassy site 'bad deal'”

"Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"

But Trump said his decision, announced in a late-night tweet, was due to concerns about the embassy's move from the elite Mayfair district to a far less fashionable area south of the Thames.

Bemused construction workers and passers-by took selfies with the Trump waxwork, which was first unveiled at Madame Tussauds in January past year. She later said Trump took her hand in a gentlemanly gesture as they walked down a ramp.

However, London's mayor Sadiq Khan, who has been a target of Mr Trump's twitter tirades, said the president had "got the message" that he was not welcome in the United Kingdom capital.

Claire Treacy, a spokeswoman for the museum, told The Washington Post that they chose to move the wax Trump after learning that the president had canceled his trip.

"We were only at the embassy for about 25 minutes, but there were some immediate reactions", she said.

"The US is one of our oldest and most valued allies and our strong and deep partnership will endure", the spokesman said.

Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump for a state visit when she met with him at the White House soon after he took office past year.

"It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the poor opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance", Khan said. "It seems he's finally got that message", tweeted Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

The US flag was lowered for the final time on Tuesday from the top of the former 600-room embassy in Grosvenor Square, where US General Dwight Eisenhower had his headquarters during World War Two.

In Oct. 2008, the embassy was put up for sale and, the following year, sold to Gulf investor Qatari Diar. In 2009, it was given "listed" status which limits changes that can be made to the building's exterior because of its historical significance.

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

However, Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for the sale, saying he would not attend the official opening of the new site.



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