Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Trump waxwork amuses residents in 'off location' of new U.S. embassy

Internal gardens intended to represent the landscape of the Grand Canyon Trump 'Got Message' On Opposition To Visit – London Mayor
Kenny Thornton | 13 January, 2018, 23:07

"Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" tweeted.

The decision to move the embassy from Grosvenor Square to Nine Elms was made in 2008 under George W. Bush, not Obama.

While the former embassy was on Grosvenor Square, in a tony area of designer boutiques and expensive restaurants, the new building is in a former industrial area south of the Thames that is being redeveloped into a new commercial and residential district.

In his tweet, the president maintained the decision was down to his disapproval of the United States embassy moving from its old central London location to a new site south of the river.

As an American living in London, however, I was embarrassed: not, for once, because of the behaviour of my president, but for my British hosts.

Trump is still due to make a state visit to the United Kingdom, following an invitation made by May when she visited him shortly after his inauguration.

The President is also due to meet the Queen in a full state visit at a later date but a source claimed the lack of "bells and whistles" may have put him off coming on the initial visit. The idea had gradually evolved into a working visit in which Trump would open the London embassy.

The view from the embassy's windows partially covered by exterior sails

Even 's biggest supporters suggested that protests played a role in his decision not to visit.

In the meantime, the relationship between May and Trump has come under strain.

May and Trump fell out in November over his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen.

The exchange prompted further calls to dump the visit.

"It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity, and tolerance", Khan said in a statement.

He took to Twitter to say his first trip to Britain since being elected a year ago was off amid claims he feared mass street protests and blamed his predecessor Barack Obama for selling off the former embassy in Grosvenor Square "for peanuts".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson fired back at Khan on Twitter, saying on Friday that he would "not allow US-UK relations to be endangered" by the London Mayor, whom he referred to as a "pompous puffed up popinjay in City Hall".

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