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Some U.K. lawmakers had said Trump was not welcome in Britain after he re-tweeted videos from a far-right British group and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan following a terror attack a year ago.

"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", he wrote.

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

The embassy move is in fact the result of a decade-long project initiated by the administration of former Republican president George W. Bush.

Hours later, Trump's ambassador to Britain, businessman and New York Jets owner Robert "Woody" Johnson, took an entirely different approach to the embassy's relocation and construction in an age when Trump has vowed to shake up America's place in the world - even among rock-solid North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies such as Germany, and, it would appear, in the U.K.as well. The old embassy is located in a bustling area of central London flanked by buildings and has struggled to keep pace with rising staff levels there.

Johnson, a Trump appointee, also said the new embassy was entirely paid for by the sale of other London properties and "did not cost the US taxpayer a cent".

There is likely some relief in the British government at Trump's decision, which would have caused at the very least a major policing operation.

But a full-blown state visit replete with golden carriages and pomp has been deferred amid the threat of huge anti-Trump protests. In December, USAmbassador to Panama John Feeley resigned in protest of Trump's policies, ahead of the president deriding Latin American nations such as Haiti and El Salvador as "s***hole countries", Reuters reported Friday.

Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump, and they were filmed emerging from the White House holding hands.

On the BBC's Andrew Marr show today shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry branded Mr Trump a'danger and a'racist, saying she did not want him in Britain

Downing Street declined to comment on the particular case but reports suggested No 10 was aware the "working visit" had been postponed.

The United States is "still working with our UK allies to find a date for a visit for the invitation that was offered and accepted", said Sanders.

Mr Trump's decision not to visit was welcomed by critics outraged by the USA travel ban on some Muslim-majority countries, and more recently, his decision to re-tweet anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right organisation.

At the time, the PM said Mr Trump was "wrong" to retweet the videos, and the United States president hit back at Ms May on Twitter by telling her to focus on "destructive radical Islamic terrorism" in the UK, rather than on him.

The exchange prompted further calls to dump the visit.

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Labor party lawmaker David Lammy said that the bombastic billionaire was unnerved by the possibility of being "met by millions of us out on the streets protesting". He said the opening of the embassy was a matter for the USA government.

But Johnson accused Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of damaging U.S. -Britain relations with their vocal criticism. "It seems he's finally got that message", Khan tweeted.

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