Definitely an excuse cooked up by Trump, because only Lord Dampnut could use a real estate reason. He would have been better off with some TMZ-worthy excuse related to not being invited to the Royal Wedding.
Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
OK, here is a summary:
– The president is claiming he’s not going to visit a top ally because he’s unhappy about a real estate decision by the Obama admin
– The decision was actually made by the Bush admin
– The decision was made for anti-terror reasons
– It is midnight
Ã¢ÂÂ Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 12, 2018
It’s a fortress, of course it is. As the embassy of the Great Satan to the Little Satan – as the unlamented Ayatollah Khomeini would have put it – it couldn’t not be a target and defended accordingly. The architects therefore decided to make it as nice a fortress as possible, a transparent, democratic, open, not-aggressive and environmentally responsible symbol of their country. It wants to combine, as James Timberlake of its Philadelphia-based architects put it, “security and sustainability”. And so, while its form resembles a castle keep with a moat, and while it observes such requirements as being set back from surrounding roads by 100ft, its concrete bulwarks come disguised as earthworks, and its anti-truck bollards are fig-leafed with hedges. The moat is an ornamental lake, and being set back is taken as an opportunity to create gardens, some of them accessible to the public without crossing any security lines. The quarters assigned to the marines who guard the complex are like a tasteful metropolitan hotel.
It helped that the supergalactic property prices of Mayfair meant that the billion-dollar cost of the new embassy could be financed by selling the old building, at no expense to the US taxpayer. Yet even if the move was driven by expediency, there is still something both brave and inspired about relocating to this unlikely area, which could then be transformed by the embassy’s arrival. It is not the US government’s fault that that opportunity was turned by former mayor Boris Johnson into what is becoming a Weinstein-o-rama of ill-planned luxury horndog high-rises.
The author of an explosive book on @realDonaldTrump has suggested a post-Brexit trade deal could be put in jeopardy if the US President doesn’t get an invite to the Royal weddinghttps://t.co/oCFg1Gaznv
Ã¢ÂÂ Sky News (@SkyNews) January 7, 2018
Anyone still think Prince Harry might invite Donald Trump to Royal Wedding? || Trump told Howard Stern he would sleep with “supermodel” Princess Diana if she took HIV test first https://t.co/ns3zAFJcxB
Ã¢ÂÂ Bill Wong (@ten24get) January 1, 2018