As a resident of Nine Elms in south London, just around the corner from the new American embassy, for strictly selfish reasons I welcomed the news that Donald Trump would not be coming to open it after all. Having a president in the neighbourhood comes with its fair share of traffic and security hassles.
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.
On the face of it, Trump called off his “working” visit to the UK because of his displeasure at the Obama administration’s decision to sell off the previous, “finest”, embassy in Grosvenor Square to the Qataris for “peanuts” (never mind the fact that this decision was made in the final months of George W Bush’s time in office, not Barack Obama’s). Insofar as Trump has an area of expertise, property is it – and if not for the fact that the old embassy...
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