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President Trump ‘Wrong’ To Call London Embassy Area An ‘Off Location,’ Residents Say

NPR Enlarge this image A model of President Trump from the Madame Tussauds waxwork museum was brought Friday to the new U.S. embassy in London’s Wandsworth borough. “Trump cancelled his visit so we stepped in!” Madame Tussauds tweeted. Leon Neal/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Leon Neal/Getty Images When President Trump announced Thursday that he was canceling his visit to the United Kingdom next month to open the new American embassy in London, he sounded less like the leader of the world’s most powerful country and more like the real estate developer he once was. Reason I canceled my...

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At U.K. Parliament, Zingers Fly In Debate Over Trump State Visit

A message of “Say no to Trump” is projected on Britain’s Houses of Parliament the evening before a Monday parliamentary debate took place on Donald Trump’s state visit. Nearly 2 million people signed a petition in support of scrapping or downgrading the invitation. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images As thousands protested outside the U.K. parliament Monday, members inside debated whether President Donald Trump should receive the honor of meeting the queen on a state visit later this year. State visits by U.S. presidents are rare in Britain; Labour Party lawmaker Paul Flynn noted that only two — Barack Obama and George W. Bush — have made them. The parliamentary debate was triggered by a petition opposing the state visit, signed by more than 1.8 million people. Another petition supporting a state visit garnered just over 300,000 signatures. The debate will not change the outcome. The U.K. government is committed to a visit, citing the so-called “special relationship” between the two countries. It is offering a state visit in large part because it needs a free trade deal with the U.S., as Britain prepares to leave the world’s largest collective market, the European Union. Some members of parliament noted that the queen has hosted controversial leaders in the past, including Zaire’s dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1973, and Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who visited Buckingham Palace a decade after the 1989...

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