Vastavam web: The new US Embassy in London, denigrated last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and poorly located, opened its doors to the public today for the first time.The gleaming embassy, in the formerly industrial Nine Elms neighborhood in south London, replaces the embassy in Grosvenor Square that had for decades been associated with the US presence in the United Kingdom. That building has been sold to a Qatari government investment fund planning to turn it into a luxury hotel.The president’s tweet read: “Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama 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. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”
He blamed predecessor Barack Obama, although the project was announced in October 2008 during the presidency of George W. Bush.The new building, with its distinctive cube shape, is nearly twice as large as the Grosvenor Square facility. It is the single most expensive embassy building ever built by the United States.Robert Johnson, appointed by Trump as U.S. ambassador to Britain, called the new energy-efficient embassy a “bargain” during a pre-opening tour for journalists last month. He said the embassy, which does not have a perimeter fence, is both welcoming and secure.