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WorldIn icing out the British ambassador, Trump’s found a critic he can punish

07:11  09 july  2019
07:11  09 july  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Diplomat talks up US-Aust economic ties

Diplomat talks up US-Aust economic ties The United States ambassador to Australia has talked up economic links between the two nations, as trade standoff between the US and China continues. Many Australians don't realise the United States is the nation's "most important economic partner" despite the rise of China, the new US ambassador says. Arthur Culvahouse, who became ambassador to Australia last year, also says he spends much of his time reassuring people US President Donald Trump's "America first" policy doesn't mean "America only". require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

If, however, Mr Trump merely means he won't deal personally with Sir Kim then the ambassador may stay on until the new prime minister can make his own appointment. This all presents the British government with an awkward dilemma - to buckle under US pressure and bring Sir Kim home, risking

He also advised British officials to flatter Trump . "For a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet, President Trump radiates insecurity." He had been brought in to establish order in the Trump White House but found the job arduous, and his relationship with his boss soured.

In icing out the British ambassador, Trump’s found a critic he can punish© Neil Hall/Bloomberg President Trump speaks alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May during a news conference in London on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (Neil Hall/Pool via Bloomberg)

The newly released descriptions of President Trump’s administration sound like scores of other assessments that have emerged since his inauguration.

The White House has indeed been “dogged from day one by stories of vicious infighting and chaos,” according to multiple press reports. To that end, there are not signs “that this Administration is going to become substantially more normal” than it has been since its outset or any “less dysfunctional, less unpredictable” or “less faction-riven.” The author of these descriptions warned at one point that the administration could “denounce the [World Trade Organization], tear up existing trade details, [and] launch protectionist action, even against allies” — all of which to some extent actually occurred. The crowds at Trump’s political rallies, he wrote, are generally “almost exclusively white,” and the rhetoric Trump feeds them is “incendiary, and a mix of fact and fiction.”

'Incompetent and inept': UK ambassador to US criticises Trump

'Incompetent and inept': UK ambassador to US criticises Trump Britain's ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, has described Donald Trump as "incompetent", "inept" and "insecure", according to leaked diplomatic memos. © PA In the cache of documents, Sir Kim Darroch gives a scathing assessment of the White House He also gives a scathing assessment of the White House, saying it has become "uniquely dysfunctional" under President Trump because of "vicious infighting and chaos", and questions whether it "will ever look competent". The documents, detailing Sir Kim's assessments of the Trump administration from 2017 to the present, could prove embarrassing for the Foreign Office.

The ambassador said he did not believe Trump ' s public explanation for calling off a planned military strike against Iran last month. He said that while Trump had been "dazzled" by British pageantry on a state visit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in June, the successful visit would not lead to a fundamental

Washington will cut its ties with British ambassador Kim Darroch, President Donald Trump has announced. Darroch also panned “hawkish” hardliners within Trump ’ s cabinet - likely National Security Adviser John Bolton and State Secretary Mike Pompeo.

At times, the writer offers more biting assessments of the commander in chief. The White House might never “look competent,” the descriptions read at one point. At another, the author notes that Trump himself “radiates insecurity.”

These are not the words of an opinion columnist for Trump’s hated New York Times or the on-air commentary of a panelist on CNN. Neither are they the language of a voter focus group, reflecting some segment of the electorate.

They are, instead, messages sent from Britain’s ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch, to members of the British government from Trump’s inauguration to last month. They are messages intended only for that audience that were provided to the Daily Mail and later confirmed as authentic.

'Trump radiates insecurity': UK to investigate leak of ambassador's scathing takes on White House

'Trump radiates insecurity': UK to investigate leak of ambassador's scathing takes on White House When asked about the leaked remarks, President Donald Trump told reporters that Ambassador Kim Darroch "has not served the U.K. well." In his 2017 briefing note, written a month after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, Darroch said he feared the "worst cannot be ruled out" about potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The US president-elect, Donald Trump , has suggested that the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, should be the UK’ s ambassador to the US. “ He would do a great job!” In a brief call with BBC Breakfast, Farage said he had been awake since 2am UK time when the tweet was first posted.

President Trump says he won't 'deal' with British ambassador who criticized him . British ambassador Kim Darroch described Donald Trump and Trump also took a dig at May in his tweets as he referenced his recent visit to the United Kingdom. "While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent

They are also, obviously, embarrassing, both for the United States and Britain. When the United States had a cache of similar diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks nearly a decade ago, there was widespread consternation within the government and broad concern about possible ramifications. The ramifications for Britain have so far been fairly limited, though they became more significant on Monday afternoon.

“I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created,” Trump wrote on Twitter. He added, “I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S."

“We will no longer deal with him,” Trump continued. “The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister. While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent State Visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!”

Trump calls Theresa May 'foolish' and her ambassador to the US a 'very stupid guy'

Trump calls Theresa May 'foolish' and her ambassador to the US a 'very stupid guy' LONDON - Donald Trump has described Theresa May's handling of Brexit as "foolish" and a "disaster" and launched another attack on the UK's ambassador to the US, labelling him a "very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool." The US President on Tuesday repeated his criticisms of May's handling of Brexit negotiations with the European Union, tweeting: "I told Theresa May how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster!" require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

British officials are embarrassed by the publication of the unflattering assessment – but more alarmed that confidential information has been leaked The inquiry is being led by civil servants in the Cabinet Office, and Slack said police would only be called in “if evidence of criminality is found .”

“When Trump says Russia is no longer targeting America, that’s not how this American feels,” McFaul wrote on Twitter. “Putin is most certainly Putin accused Browder of making campaign contributions to Trump ’ s election rival Hillary Clinton with money he earned in Russia on which he did not pay taxes.

Coincidentally, Darroch himself had warned of Trump’s fickleness after the president’s visit to Britain, a trip that was viewed by the British as broadly successful.

“We might be flavour of the month,” he wrote in a cable obtained by the Daily Mail, but the United States “is still the land of ‘America First.’ ”

There’s not really anything in the messages written by Darroch and published by the Daily Mail that breaks new ground in criticism of the president. When more than half of Americans regularly tell pollsters that Trump is not levelheaded and say he doesn’t have good leadership skills, why should we assume no foreign diplomat shares that assessment? When the media has repeatedly reported that Trump’s approach to decision-making eschews nuance, why is it odd to learn that Darroch came to the same conclusion?

Darroch worried that Trump’s administration might never look competent? A Fox News poll conducted in August 2017 suggested that nearly half of Americans viewed Trump himself as almost entirely incompetent.

The ambassador’s job certainly entails building a close relationship with Trump and the White House — something that reporters like The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey say he accomplished, contradicting Trump’s tweet. It does not, however, entail misrepresenting his views of the president in private communications to leaders in his own country. Sycophancy dies in darkness.

UK ambassador to the US resigns after leaked emails fiasco

UK ambassador to the US resigns after leaked emails fiasco The U.K's Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch has resigned.

Donald Trump has lashed out at Sir Kim Darroch after his withering criticism of the US A Foreign Office spokesman said: ' The British public would expect our ambassadors to provide In this he echoes Trump ' s former ally Steve Bannon, who has reportedly said that Trump 'won't go out classy'.

British Ambassador Kim Darroch.(Sait Serkan Gurbuz/Associated Press). LONDON (AP) — The British government was hunting Monday for the source of a leak of diplomatic cables from Britain’s ambassador in Washington that branded President Donald Trump ’ s administration ‘‘dysfunctional’

But the publication of Darroch’s messages gave Trump an opening. While most Americans are critical of his presidency, there’s not much Trump can do to punish them besides advocating policies that his political opponents dislike. The media’s critical coverage of his administration is an ongoing source of angst, but the First Amendment ensures that it will be allowed to continue.

A diplomat credentialed to serve in the United States, however? Let the blowback commence.

At the outset of Trump’s presidency, there was some concern about how America’s international relationships would fare during his administration. Trump’s declared willingness to shake up the United States’ position in the international order was a feature of his 2016 campaign and one that, as president, he hasn’t shied away from.

There’s no suggestion at this point that the relationship between the United States and Britain will suffer over the long term from Darroch’s comments, particularly now that Trump has apparently excised him from America’s diplomatic sphere. These sorts of indelicacies, originating from an individual, aren’t generally the stuff that foment international crises.

Britain seems willing to move on. It responded to Trump’s move with a statement supporting Darroch — but also highlighting the long-standing bond between the two countries. That Trump would be incensed on a personal level by the publication of Darroch’s criticism is, after all, something that the British should have anticipated.

Darroch prepared them for it.

Man convicted of British teen's rape and murder in Goa.
A beach shack worker has been convicted for the 2008 rape and murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling in Goa, India. Samson D'Souza was found guilty of "culpable homicide not amounting to murder" by Bombay's High Court on Wednesday. A second man, who was accused of leaving the schoolgirl to die after drugging and sexually abusing her, Placido Carvalho, was acquitted. © Rex Features Samson D'Souza has been convicted of rape and murder Both men were previously acquitted of her rape and murder 2016, but the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) appealed against the verdict.

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