New US Embassy denigrated by Trump set to open in London

AP , Tuesday 16 Jan 2018

The new U.S. Embassy in London, denigrated last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and in a poor location, is set to open to the public.

The embassy, in the formerly industrial Nine Elms neighborhood, will open for public business Tuesday.

It replaces the embassy in Grosvenor Square that has for decades been associated with the U.S. presence in the United Kingdom. That building has been sold.

U.S. officials say it would have cost hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade security at the older building and bring it up to modern safety standards.

Trump tweeted last week that he would not come to London to open the embassy because it was a "bad deal."

He blamed predecessor Barack Obama, although the project started under George W. Bush.

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