Vauxhall is a vibrant and important part of London

So the Tories have made up their minds to stick to Trump no matter what.

Downing Street has accused Labour of risking relations with the US by saying Donald Trump is not welcome in Britain, after the president cancelled a visit planned for next month amid the threat of mass protests.

In a move that ties No 10 ever more closely to Trump, a Downing Street source supported a comment by Boris Johnson in which the foreign secretary condemned Jeremy Corbyn and the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, for opposing a presidential visit.

“The US is the biggest single investor in the UK – yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk,” the foreign secretary tweeted on Friday. “We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall.”

While the tweet initially seemed to take No 10 by surprise, Johnson’s comments were later endorsed. The Downing Street source said: “Boris expresses himself in his own inimitable way – but we agree that any risk to the crucial US-UK relationship is not in our country’s best interests.”

So it’s the racist pussy-grabbing insult-monger at all costs, is it? Sounds a bit too like the Tories in 1938 for comfort, but whatever.

A Downing Street spokesman said no date had been confirmed for any visit by Trump to open the embassy. “As we’ve said a number of times, a state visit invitation has been extended and accepted, and we will confirm the details in due course,” he said.

“No date was confirmed for any visit. The one you’re referring to now, the opening of the US embassy, is a matter for the US. The US is one of our oldest and most valued allies, and our strong and deep partnership will endure.”

Asked about Trump’s reference to the new embassy being in “an off location”, the spokesman said: “Vauxhall is a vibrant and important part of London, and home to many businesses.”

Ah but it’s south of the river. Trump will see that as a bit like being Haiti, you can be sure.

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