President of the United States Donald Trump has said that he will cancel his maiden visit to London where he was to inaugurate the new US embassy. He tweeted out that he wouldn’t be going forward with his visit, criticising former President Barack Obama over the embassy’s shift.
Reason I canceled 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,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
However the decision to shift the embassy was taken by the George W Bush administration in 2008, reports the Wall Street Journal. Several options were considered in order to upgrade the embassy’s security and the final decision was to move it. The new embassy was funded by the sale of several properties owned by the United States in the United Kingdom.