When Mr Trump announced on Friday that he would not be coming to London to open the new US embassy, ostensibly because he was unhappy with the building, it was entirely predictable that Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, would greet the news by saying the president was not ­welcome…

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The White House has never seen a president quite like Donald Trump and the special relationship between Britain and America has rarely required more diplo­matic dexterity. That is ­currently in short supply, however. In our dealings with America, as with other countries, the face that Britain presents to the world is a confused one. The prime minister’s uncertain touch at home, exemplified by last week’s botched and at times inexplicable ministerial reshuffle, extends to foreign policy.

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