President Donald Trump says he is canceling an upcoming trip to London because he doesn't like the Obama administration's choice of a new embassy there.
He blamed President Barack Obama's administration for selling the old site for "peanuts" and building the new embassy in an "off location".
The clarification comes after Trump said he had cancelled his trip to London next month to officially open the new United States embassy in protest over its new location south of the River Thames, and the sale of the old building, in the upmarket Mayfair district.
After Trump declared his disapproval with London's new USA embassy as the reason for cancelling his visit to the city, Madame Tussauds placed a waxwork of the President outside the building, CNN reported.
The embassy said in a statement that the security and safety standards at the current embassy building at Grosvenor Square in London could not be maintained without a major infrastructure investment.
"Bad deal", Trump said, adding "wanted me to cut ribbon - NO!" Teams surveyed more than 50 sites before settling on the area of Vauxhall, south of the river Thames, for the new location, according to the statement.
Usa, Paesi africani: Trump si scusi per dichiarazioni razziste
Secondo un'indiscrezione riportata dal N.Y.Times, Trump dovrebbe, però, imporre una scadenza al Congresso e agli alleati europei per migliorare l'accordo, altrimenti gli Stati Uniti si tireranno fuori.
"Security concerns after 11 September meant we had to move to a location that could better protect American citizens and our British neighbours", Johnson wrote.
British Prime Minister Theresa May offered Trump a state visit to Britain one year ago, when she became the first foreign leader to visit the White House after his inauguration.
Still, British officials said their government had been working on the basis that Trump would arrive in late February, though no firm date had been set.
Relations between the United States and its closest ally have been tested repeatedly since Trump took office nearly a year ago. The uproar came after Trump re-tweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by a leader of the far-right group Britain First - a tiny group that regularly posts inflammatory videos.
The mayor, a member of the main opposition Labour party, said there would have been "mass peaceful protests", and that it had been a "mistake" to invite him.
The mayor of London - who has been criticized by Trump in tweets - said Trump appeared to have "got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance". But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blamed Khan and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for discouraging the USA leader from coming. "We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall".