Tillerson likely to open ‘rejected’ US embassy building in London
By Azania Post Reporter
THE US secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to open the new embassy building in London which earlier was to be officiated by President Donald Trump.
Trump has announced to cancel a visit to the UK planned for February, saying he was not a "big fan" of the new US embassy in London he was due to open.
Reports say the US president had been expected to open the new $1bn (£738m) building, commissioned by his predecessor Barack Obama, which he said was a "bad deal".
Trump accepted the Queen's invitation for an official state visit when Theresa May met him last year.
Downing Street declined to comment on Trump’s cancellation of February's working trip to the UK.
In a tweet, Trump said he was not happy that the Obama administration had sold the previous US embassy at Grosvenor Square in London for "peanuts".
He said the new building in Vauxhall, south London, was in an "off location", adding: "Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"
The BBC understands that No 10 is considering options for a state visit later in the year, with plans for Trump to have lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
But no firm date for a state visit had ever been agreed, nor had the White House "nailed down the details of the trip", says diplomatic expert James Landale.
Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the UK, last month told the BBC he "absolutely" expected Trump to visit Britain in the new year.
The latest development follows reports that Trump wanted to delay a potential visit amid concerns about large-scale protests.
During the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament last summer, there was no mention of a visit - although a Downing Street spokesman said an invitation had been "extended and accepted".
May was the first foreign leader to meet Trump after his inauguration when she visited the Oval Office in January 2017.
Typically, during state visits, the government, the visiting government and the royal household agree on a detailed schedule where the Queen acts as the official host.
Trump felt that the embassy was a legacy of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who was in office when the site in Wandsworth was secured in 2008.
Recent policy disagreements between the US and UK are not thought to have played a part in the decision - including Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.