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Leaked Cables Show British Ambassador Has Referred to Trump as 'Inept' and 'Insecure'
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8 Jul 2019 04:39 PM EST

by Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Kim Darroch (Image source: Screenshot)

 

While there has been much said about where Donald Trump stands in the polls and his ratings here in the United States, something else to consider is how he is viewed by the rest of the world, including U.S. allies.

 

The British ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, is definitely not a fan of the president's, though he has never said this in public. This was discovered in a cache of leaked cables from 2017 through the present. Darroch has said he is "inept" and "insecure" and believes his administration will collapse in "disgrace." 

The ambassador even suggested Trump could be in debt to "dodgy Russians" and believes the president could destroy the world trade systems and that his administration could go to war with Iran.

 

"We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal, less dysfunctional, less unpredictable, less faction-riven, less diplomatically clumsy and inept." 

Excerpts from these documents, that include briefs and memos, were published over the weekend by a British tabloid. The story was then picked up by other media.

 

The British Foreign Office referred to the leak as "mischievous," though a British official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed that the cables were authentic. 

"The British public would expect our ambassadors to provide ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country," said the Foreign Office in a statement.

 

"Their views are not necessarily the views of ministers or indeed the government," continued the statement. "But we pay them to be candid. Just as the U.S. ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities." 

Trump spoke to reporters after the news on Sunday afternoon, saying, "The ambassador has not served the U.K. well," adding, "We're not big fans of that man."

 

Darroch even compared Trump to his nemesis, his replacement as host of "Celebrity Apprentice," former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

"Do not write him off," warned Darroch. Though "mired in scandal," he could "emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of 'The Terminator.' "

 

That warning was sent to officials in Prime Minister Theresa May's government. She and Trump have had a difficult relationship. He has both praised her and insulted her. 

The president has said before he could have negotiated a better deal for Brexit. In one communication, he suggested May "sue." She thought the idea was funny.

 

Despite this, Trump seemed to have a successful visit to England in June when he met with Queen Elizabeth II and commemorated the D-Day anniversary. He said at the time there were some who said "they have never seen the queen have a better time, a more animated time." 

Indeed, Darroch wrote a note home stating that the White House and Trump were "dazzled" by the treatment they received in Britain.

 

"These are close contacts, with whom we have spent years building relationships," he wrote. "These are the gatekeepers and the 'Trump whisperers,' the people we rely upon to ensure the U.K. voice is heard in the West Wing." 

Two years ago the ambassador referred to the White House as "a uniquely dysfunctional environment," adding, "We could also be at the beginning of a downward spiral, rather than just a roller coaster, something could emerge that leads to disgrace and downfall."

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