President Trump cancels London trip, blames Obama for e…

Phil Helsel and Saphora Smith and Associated Press

LONDON — President Donald Trump has canceled a trip to London to open the new U.S. Embassy, blaming the Obama administration for selling the old building in the city for “peanuts.”

He criticized the move from “perhaps the best located and finest embassy,” even though the relocation was initiated under the George W. Bush administration in 2008 amid wider security concerns after terror attacks such as the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya.

Trump’s decision was greeted with relief by London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan, who said the president had “finally got the message” that he was not welcome in the British capital.

The looming trip — and a state visit for which no date has been set — threatened to be a security headache for authorities who feared mass protests.

A recent poll commissioned by The Independent newspaper found 48 percent of British people believe the U.K. should withdraw the invitation for a full state visit, and more than 1.8 million people signed a petition to stop it from going ahead.

Image: US Embassy at Nine Elms

An exterior view of the new US Embassy at Nine Elms in London.