US President Donald Trump cancels UK visit in February

The problem with that rationale is that Trump's tweet misrepresented the history of the U.S. Embassy move. Meanwhile, London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, appeared rather pleased about the decision.

"It seems he's finally got that message", Khan tweeted. "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".

However, since then, Trump irked many in the United Kingdom after retweeting anti-Muslim videos from a leader of Britain's far right.

Trump's comments came amid several media reports, which state that the White House was anxious about mass protests during the president's visit.

The US leader was due to be the guest of honour at the opening of the new American embassy in London, but in tweet last night, Mr Trump announced he would no longer be attending. "And you got the message".

It comes after Theresa May initially extended an invitation for Donald Trump to come on an official state visit where the Queen would act as Trump's host.

The president linked his decision to skip the ceremony to his disapproval of a "bad deal" done by the Obama administration to move the embassy from its old location for a cost he deemed too high.

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The Mayfair embassy buildings were also not sold for "peanuts", but went for an estimated £500 million to the property arm of the Qatari royal family, Qatari Diar, which plans to turn the location into an exclusive hotel.

Trump had been expected to visit the new £750m embassy (pictured below) in Vauxhall as early as February this year.

Downing Street later said the "strong and deep" partnership between Britain and the U.S. "will endure".

But it's a disappointing sign of how weak May's leadership is that she wasn't fearless enough to call the visit off herself.

"Not only are they moving to an iconic new Zone 1 building that's closer to Downing Street than the current embassy, they're also are part of the £15 billion transformation of this part of central London that's bringing 20,000 new homes and 25,000 permanent jobs. And I say that as a huge fan of your writing". But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the US leader from coming.

But many commentators believe Trump was instead put off by the prospect of significant protests during his visit with the potential for disruption, negative publicity and embarrassment as the real reason for his continuing avoidance of the UK.

  • Sonia Alvarado