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Trump got the message that he's not welcomed: London Mayor

Passenger trains pass through Battersea Park rail station as construction work continues on the Battersea Power Station residential and retail development complex in London in December View Slideshow
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 06:23

U.S. President Donald Trump "got the message" on the strength of opposition to his planned visit to Britain, London mayor Sadiq Khan said on Friday after Trump said he had cancelled the trip.

During May's USA trip a year ago, she extended an invitation to Trump to make a formal state visit - which includes pomp, pageantry and a banquet with Queen Elizabeth.

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

The decision to move from the former prestigious location in Mayfair, central London, was taken by the administration of former Republican president George W. Bush in October 2008, partly for security reasons in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Mrs May controversially extended the offer of a state visit when she became the first world leader to meet Mr Trump in the White House following his inauguration previous year.

On the embassy web page about the project, it said: "The project has been funded entirely by the proceeds of the sale of other United States government properties in London, not through appropriated funds".

Theresa May and Donald Trump's relationship was strained past year after she condemned him for sharing far-Right videos without verifying the claims contained in the footage, he hit back attacking her directly on Twitter.

Labour lawmaker David Lammy, who had vowed to lead a protest against Trump if he visited, said the USA president was "too scared of us Londoners, who don't want him darkening our door".

There had been speculation that the trip would be merged with a planned state visit to Britain offered to Trump by Prime Minister Theresa May, which has met with strong public and political opposition.

"Let's hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda".

He tweeted: "The US is the biggest single investor in the United Kingdom - yet Khan and Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk". 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.

Residents in the up and coming area of Nine Elms got to see the US President after all when the world-famous museum relocated their life-size waxwork of the former reality star from Baker Street to outside the new $1 billion US embassy.

The new embassy on the South Bank is a veritable fortress set back at least 30m from surrounding buildings - mostly newly-erected high-rise residential blocks -and incorporating living quarters for the US Marines permanently stationed inside.