United States President Donald Trump has confirmed that he has cancelled his trip to London, which was scheduled in February to help open a new U.S. embassy there, blaming his predecessor Barack Obama for crafting a "bad deal".
"Bad deal", Trump tweeted.
The billion-dollar price tag is typical of an embassy construction of that size, and officials said it was financed entirely by the sale of other USA property in England - not new taxpayer money.
But a full-blown state visit replete with golden carriages and pomp has been deferred amid the threat of huge anti-Trump protests.
Matters got even worse when Trump re-tweeted video posts of a British ultra-rightist group targeting Muslim immigrants in November.
In response to the cancellation, London Mayor Sadiq Khan celebrated the news, saying the US president "is not welcome here".
Media reports said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would probably replace Trump for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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However, Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, told Radio 4 that Mr. Trump's decision has nothing to do with the UK's relationship with the U.S.
"The invitation for a state Visit has been extended and accepted", the official said.
"Nope it's because nobody wanted you to come", Miliband wrote in a reply to the U.S. leader's tweet.
He conceded that the former building in upmarket Mayfair, central London , was a "perfect location" but noted it was viewed as too vulnerable following the September 11, 2001, attacks.
"He's been to countries all over the world and yet he's not been to the one with which he's closest", he said.
The embassy visit was seen as a way for Trump to make a lower profile appearance in the country to meet May and possibly Queen Elizabeth.
Woody Johnson, the USA ambassador to the United Kingdom, last month told the BBC he "absolutely" expected Mr Trump to visit Britain in the new year.
Now, U.S. embassy employees in London will commute to a previously undeveloped site in south west London, bordered by the Thames River to the north and Battersea Power Station to the west.
Downing Street had hoped to announce the dates this week.