Pres­i­dent’s can­celled trip di­vides Govern­ment and City Hall

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Mr Trump’s can­cel­la­tion of a visit to the UK has left the Govern­ment and City Hall at log­ger­heads as Boris John­son ac­cused Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan of en­dan­ger­ing the “spe­cial re­la­tion­ship”.

There was ini­tially con­fu­sion as Down­ing Street was un­able to say whether the for­eign sec­re­tary was speak­ing for the Govern­ment when he said Mr Khan and Jeremy Cor­byn were putting the “cru­cial re­la­tion­ship at risk”.

Mr Khan had said the pres­i­dent had “got the mes­sage” from Lon­don­ers and would have been met by “mass peace­ful protests” if he went ahead with plans to open the new US em­bassy in the cap­i­tal.

A No 10 source said: “Boris ex­presses him­self in his own inim­itable way, but we agree that any risk to the cru­cial US-UK re­la­tion­ship is not in our coun­try’s best in­ter­ests.”

Mr Trump said the em­bassy’s move from Grosvenor Square in the May­fair district of cen­tral Lon­don to an “off lo­ca­tion” at Nine Elms was a “bad deal”.

Mr Khan said: “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.”

Then Mr John­son tweeted: “The US is the big­gest sin­gle in­vestor in the UK – yet Khan & Cor­byn seem de­ter­mined to put this cru­cial re­la­tion­ship at risk.”

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