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Donald Trump Canceled His Trip To London And Blamed Obama Administration For This
President Donald Trump announced he canceled his trip to the U.K. and will not attend the opening of a new U.S. embassy in London. And according to Mr. Trump’s post on Twitter, the Obama Administration should be blamed for his decision.
It was a “bad deal”
The main reason President Trump canceled his visit to London was the relocation of the U.S. embassy. “I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,” wrote Donald Trump, “only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars.”
The politician called it a “bad deal” and made it clear he won’t be there to cut the ribbon. The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may fly to London instead of Trump, reports Huffington Post.
Some social media users showed their support for the president.
While the other rushed to point out the initial decision to move the U.S. embassy to a new location was made not by Obama but by his predecessor, George W Bush.
Moving to a new building for security reasons
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The first announcement about relocation of the U.S. embassy in London was made in October 2008, months before George W Bush left the Oval Office, reports CBS News. However, the sale was completed nearly a year later, in November 2009, when Barack Obama was already in charge of the White House, clarifies BBC.
Security precautions were listed among the main reasons for the relocation. It is also noteworthy that the old Grade II building was never owned by the U.S. – the freehold is owned by Grosvenor Estates.
The new embassy is located in Nine Elms and is still under construction. It is claimed to be not only more modern and secure but also more environmentally sustainable than the old building.
The canceled trip was expected to take place later in February but was never officially confirmed. It could be the first official visit of President Donald Trump to the U.K. after his inauguration.