The US president, who is visiting the UK on July 13, lashed out again at the move from Grosvenor Square in the centre of the capital to a new location south of the Thames.
Speaking at a rally in Michigan, he said: ‘In the UK, in London, we had the best site in all of London. The best site.
President Donald Trump walks towards the podium to speak at a rally at Total Sports Park in Washington, Michigan, yesterday
‘Well, some genius said, we’re gonna sell the site and then we’re going to take the money and build a new embassy…
‘They go out and they buy a horrible location. And they build a new embassy. That’s the good news. The bad news is it cost over a billion dollars.’
Mr Trump, a billionaire who made his fortune as a property magnate, cancelled a planned trip to London to open the embassy earlier this year, complaining the move to an ‘off location’ south of the Thames had been a ‘bad deal’.
It is thought his decision may have been driven by a fear of protests in the capital. However he repeated his assertion that it was down to dissatisfaction with the embassy project.
He told the rally: ‘By the way, they wanted me to cut the ribbon on the embassy and I said I’m not going. I don’t wanna do it. I said, ‘I’m not cutting that ribbon’. I said ‘I’m not going’.’