The US Ambassador to London has defended its new embassy after President Donald Trump said the building was the product of a “bad deal”.

Woody Johnson, who was appointed by Mr Trump, said the new embassy in Nine Elms, south of the Thames, had “not cost the US taxpayer a cent” and was “bigger and better” than the old one in Grosvenor Square in Mayfair.

In a tweet, Mr Trump said he was cancelling his visit to open the new embassy because he was “not a big fan” of a previous US administration “having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars”.

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