London Mayor Sadiq Khan: 'Donald Trump Is Not Welcome Here'

  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan: 'Donald Trump Is Not Welcome Here'

London Mayor Sadiq Khan: 'Donald Trump Is Not Welcome Here'

Taking to Twitter, Trump said he thought the Obama administration had sold "perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for peanuts", and he slammed the estimated $1.2 billion cost of the new project. The new embassy will be moving from 24 Grosvenor Square to Nine Elms in south London - a decision that was made by the Bush administration.

The billion-dollar price tag is typical of an embassy construction of that size, and officials said it was financed entirely by the sale of other USA property in England - not new taxpayer money.

It may be recalled that British Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit the United States president Donald Trump in the White House.

With activists pledging to stage mass protests and MPs determined not to give the president the opportunity to address parliament, no date for a state visit has been set.

"Bad deal", Trump continued.

The US President was due to open the $1.2bn building in February after the old embassy in Grosvenor Square was sold and a new site found in Battersea - which Trump called an "off" location.

The trans-Atlantic alliance between the U.S. and Britain has been shaky ever since Trump assumed the presidency in January.

Madame Tussauds said it chose to take their wax Trump figure out on a field trip after the real-life president announced he was cancelling his trip.

Trump had responded by tweeting directly to the British PM that she should focus on tackling domestic terrorism.

Trump said he thought the embassy's move was a "bad deal" and the building was in an "off location". "The U.S.is the biggest single investor in the United Kingdom -yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk", Johnson wrote on Twitter.

A Downing Street spokesman said he would not comment on "alleged private remarks".

In November, Trump was rebuked by Prime Minister Theresa May and others when he retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda material from a far-right British party. Trump was one of the few world leaders to endorse the move, and May's government has been courting closer ties to Washington, particularly in the area of bilateral trade.

But asked if the Prime Minister viewed the countries Mr Trump was referring to as "s***holes", the spokesman replied: "No".