Trump won’t visit Lon­don to open em­bassy

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - WORLD -

LON­DON >> Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s can­cel­la­tion of a visit to Lon­don to open a new U.S. Em­bassy was wel­comed by his many crit­ics in Bri­tain on Fri­day, even as it deep­ened the diplo­matic prob­lems con­fronting a Bri­tish gov­ern­ment strug­gling to forge closer ties to Washington without of­fend­ing opin­ion at home.

The de­ci­sion averted the risk of pub­lic protests that had threat­ened to em­bar­rass both Trump and Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, who has re­cently squirmed to dis­tance her­self from state­ments made by a U.S. pres­i­dent seen by many Bri­tons as di­vi­sive.

While Bri­tons pride them­selves on their “spe­cial re­la­tion­ship” with the U.S., that does not ap­pear to ex­tend to its pres­i­dent.

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