‘As usual, he’s dead wrong’: Former U.S. ambassadors explain London Embassy move after Trump criticism

In a tweet sent late Thursday evening, President Trump said he had canceled his trip to Britain next month because he was unhappy with the new U.S. Embassy in London — and accused the Obama administration of making a “bad deal” for an “off location.” Many Britons disagreed, suggesting instead the president was simply worried his arrival in London would be greeted by mass protests. Those involved in the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in London also say Trump, a former real estate mogul in New York City, has a bad understanding of the deal. “As usual, he’s dead wrong,” said former ambassador Louis Susman, who served under the Obama administration between 2009 and 2013. “He’s 100 percent wrong.” The old U.S. embassy in London was certainly impressive. Located next to a large garden square in the heart of the posh Mayfair neighborhood, its distinctive modernist style was designed by the Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen and unveiled in 1960. Mayfair, like many upscale West London neighborhoods, is dotted with foreign embassies: Just across Grosvenor Square sits the grandiose Italian embassy. The new U.S. Embassy due to be opened next week is undeniably a showstopper too. At $1 billion, it is the most expensive embassy ever constructed, with the building’s glass exterior one notable part of a sleek design by the firm KiranTimberlake of Philadelphia. President Trump said Jan. 12 he canceled an official visit to London to dedicate the new U.S. embassy because it was a ‘bad’ real estate deal. Trump’s tweet came after months of speculation about whether the visit would take place. (Reuters) Unlike China,… [Read full story]

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