Step inside the brand new $1 billion US embassy in London — which Trump says is worse than the old one and refuses to visit

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President Donald Trump has cancelled his planned trip to Britain, where he was due to open the new US embassy.

In a tweet on Thursday, Trump claimed that the Obama administration had sold the former US embassy "for 'peanuts,' only to build a new one in an off location."

The decision to sell the old embassy was actually taken during the George W Bush administration and reportedly driven by security concerns.

The new 12-story glass embassy, which is scheduled to open on January 16, cost $1 billion (£730 million) — making it the most expensive embassy ever built.

Take a look inside:

This is the US new embassy in London, which cost $1 billion and will open on January 16. Located on Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall, it overlooks the River Thames — what Trump called "an off location."

Reuters

The old US embassy, located in the ritzy neighbourhood of Mayfair, opened in 1960 and embodies a brutalist architectural design. Trump called this "perhaps the best located and finest embassy."

Associated Press

But the new embassy is a 12-story glass cube without visible walls, which the designer, James Timberlake, said he wanted to exude "transparency, openness, equality."

Associated Press

Source: CBS, Washington Post



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