Update: Trump cancels London visit

Trump has backed out (again) from visiting the UK, for fear of the mass protests which would greet him.

The new US embassy was opened informally, with no high-profile attendance. A report from the occasion observed:

"The opening of the capital’s new US embassy should have been all cheerleaders and marching bands.

The Americans spent $1.2bn (£880m) on the ultra-secure new building, which includes a moat, a security ditch and a 15cm thick, bomb-proof glass facade.

But after Donald Trump’s Twitter outburst last week, in which he mistakenly lambasted Barack Obama for deciding to locate the embassy in an “off” location (it was actually a decision made by George W Bush’s government), yesterday’s opening was a rather feeble affair. Although it had been suggested US secretary of state Rex Tillerson might cut the ribbon, he had a prior commitment: a meeting with US allies in Vancouver to discuss North Korea. In the end, no formal opening took place and the nearest Trump has got to his new embassy was a waxwork model of the President temporarily appeared outside it."

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 09:00 to Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 23:00