Britain blames threat of protests as Trump cancels London trip

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London's Madame Tussauds moved its wax figure of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE to the new USA embassy in the city after the president canceled his visit to open the building next month.

Mr Trump said on Friday that he was abandoning next month's trip because he did not like the location and cost of the new embassy building.

"His visit next month would, without doubt, have been met by mass peaceful protests", the mayor added.

The US will leave behind an imposing 1960 stone and concrete embassy in London's upmarket Grosvenor Square - an area known as "Little America" during World War Two, when the square also housed the military headquarters of General Dwight D Eisenhower.

Calls for British Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel his visit amped up again in late November when Mr Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos shared by a British far-right group.

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

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The British government said the opening of the embassy was a matter for the United States. The official, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive diplomatic matter, said Trump's decision reflected his belief that there was nothing to gain by going to Britain now. It's possible that plans for "mass protests, those optics he didn't like the look of". He said it was due to concerns about the embassy's move from the elite Mayfair district to a less fashionable area of London.

The transaction took place at the bottom of the last real estate downturn, data compiled by broker Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. for Bloomberg News shows. The investors have sought approval to turn it into a hotel, according to the project's website.

It followed claims by Michael Wolff, the author of an explosive new book about Mr Trump, that the US President would use a visit to "Trumpalise the Queen and Buckingham Palace".

There's been speculation that Trump isn't happy that he may not be invited to the forthcoming wedding of Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle.

Many politicians in the United Kingdom said the real reason for the cancellation was to avoid the growing number of anti-Trump protests planned for the president's visit.

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