In a series of leaked diplomatic cables, Britain’s ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch, described President Trump as “radiating insecurity” and his administration as diplomatically “clumsy and inept,” a withering assessment that threatened to damage bilateral relations at a delicate moment for Britain.
The cables were published late on Saturday by The Mail on Sunday,span a period from 2017 to the present and include candid assessments of American domestic politics and Washington’s treatment of Iran over its nuclear weapons program.
Trump Tweet Storm Reply
Trump calls the ambassador a "very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool".
Trump Blasts May's Handing of Brexit
British Ambassador has Theresa May's 'Full Support'
Downing Street said Darroch “continues to have the prime minister's full support,” adding that “We have made clear to the U.S. how unfortunate this leak is” and that “the selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship."
Jeremy Hunt Chimes In
Persona Non Grata Uninvited
Via the Guardian Live Blog.
"I have got a good relationship with the White House and I have no embarrassment in saying that. I think it’s very important that we have a strong relationship with our most important ally. The United States is, has been, will be and for the foreseeable future our number one political military friend."
Asked whether the president was right to criticize Theresa May and the way Brexit talks have been handled, Johnson replied:
"Myself, I have said some pretty critical things about the Brexit negotiations so far and that’s one of the reasons I am standing tonight and one of the reasons I am putting myself forward. I think there is a chance to do things differently, a chance to break away from the failed old can-kicking approaching. Now is the time to really get a grip on this. Stop being so defeatist in our approach to the EU negotiations and maybe be a lot more positive about our country and what it can do."
From the Press Association report, it is not clear whether Johnson was aware of President Trump’s latest criticism of May (she was “foolish” and her policy a “disaster”) when he was speaking, or whether Johnson was just commenting in relation to what Trump said about May yesterday (she made a “mess” of it).
This Will Blow Over
This will blow over by the end of July. Boris Johnson will be the next UK Prime Minister.
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