In typical “presidential” fashion, that man in the White House tweeted that he would not go to London to open the U.S. Embassy, because we got a bad deal on the Embassy.
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Now this does little for State Department morale or Anglo-American relations. It is entirely possible that the “bad deal” is a convenient excuse for skipping a trip in which the president would be greeted by large, loud, unhappy crowds and unpleasant meetings with frosty British counterparts. Although he does fawn over royalty, this trip would probably not feature golden orbs and the queen would not be gauche and let him fondle the royal sceptre.
But let’s take the president at his word, he thinks we got a bad deal on the Embassy. That does not mean that we did (the details are not public.) It is also an open question as to whether or not the president’s judgment on what constitutes a good deal — even in real estate, where he is supposedly an expert — is very good. Consider this snippet from a profile of Trump confidant Tom Barrack: