Trump's lower-key visit to Britain 'on hold'

Donald Trump has pulled out of his UK visit

Despite the February 26-27 cancellation, Trump is still expected to visit England later this year, with a Downing Street rep saying: "An invitation for a state visit has been extended and accepted".

Several protests groups had planned gatherings in London during Trump's visit to protest against him for his remarks.

Mr Trump had been due to cut the ribbon on the new facility near Battersea Power Station in South London - but will instead send Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to perform the duty.

May only confirmed that Trump would be visiting on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday but did not confirm when it would take place.

The White House said it will announce details "soon" of Trump's proposed visit to the UK.

Downing Street declined to comment on Mr Trump's cancellation, but the BBC understands No 10 is considering options for a state visit later in the year, with plans for Mr Trump to have lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

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Even Prime Minister Theresa May has clashed with Trump after he re-tweeted anti-Muslim propaganda from a far right British party.

The US President was due to make his first trip to Britain since being elected past year, however he took to social media to say the date was off.

The prior embassy at 24 Grosvenor Square in central London was sold in 2009 - during Obama's time in office - to Qatari Diar, a subsidiary of sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment for an estimated 500 million pounds ($677 million), according to a 2016 report by the Evening Standard.

Earlier, British media had reported that the controversial visit was off. The billion-dollar structure was completely funded "by the sale of other properties in London", the Reuters report said.

Asked about the revelations last weekend, May said she believed they were not serious, and Trump was a man making decisions, "in the interests of the United States".

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