Washington DC [U.S.A.], Jan. 12 (NT): United States President Donald Trump has cleared that he has cancelled his trip to London, which was scheduled in February to help open a new US embassy there, blaming his predecessor Barack Obama for crafting a "bad deal".
"Reason I cancelled my trip to London," Trump added, "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", only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" Trump wrote on Twitter on late Thursday night.
Trump's comments came in between several media reports, which state that the White House was worried about mass protests during the president's visit.
Washington had signalled that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would instead inaugurate the new embassy, reported the Guardian, citing the government sources, as saying.
The United States had agreed to sell the current embassy building in Grosvenor Square to the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co, citing security and the environmental reasons.
The building will soon be turned into a luxury hotel.(NT)