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WorldBritish Diplomats Say Trump's Dispute with the Ambassador Has Come at the Worst Possible Time

22:52  09 july  2019
22:52  09 july  2019 Source:   time.com

UK's top envoy in US says Trump executive 'inept': report

UK's top envoy in US says Trump executive 'inept': report Britain's ambassador in the United States has described President Donald Trump and his administration as "inept" and "uniquely dysfunctional", according to leaked diplomatic memos published by the Mail on Sunday. Ambassador Kim Darroch reportedly said Trump's presidency could "crash and burn" and "end in disgrace", in the cache of secret cables and briefing notes sent back to Britain seen by the newspaper. "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," Darroch allegedly wrote in one dispatch.

The diplomat noted that Mr. Trump has regularly survived scandals in the past, and suggested that • British officials cast Mr. Trump ’ s state visit as a strategic coup, writing that his team was “dazzled” • The ambassador advised against taking the path chosen by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

The diplomat noted that Mr. Trump has regularly survived scandals in the past, and suggested that he could win a second term as president. A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A9 of the New York edition with the headline: British Ambassador Takes Trump to Task In Leaked Documents.

British Diplomats Say Trump's Dispute with the Ambassador Has Come at the Worst Possible Time© Alex Wong – Getty Images British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch speaks during an annual dinner of the National Economists Club at the British Embassy October 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The escalation of a diplomatic rift between the U.S. and the U.K. over leaked ambassadorial cables has left some British officials worried over their ability to conduct business in Washington — just when the U.K. was hoping to rely more on the two countries’ “special relationship” as it prepares to leave the European Union.

A British newspaper published leaked diplomatic cables Sunday in which ambassador Kim Darroch described the Trump Administration as “incompetent” and “insecure”.

U.K. PM May stands by ambassador after leaked cables bash Trump

U.K. PM May stands by ambassador after leaked cables bash Trump Leaked cables revealed United Kingdom Ambassador Kim Darroch criticizing President Trump and his administration, causing a diplomatic rift between the allied nations and a personal rebuke from Mr. Trump -- but Prime Minister Theresa May is standing by her envoy. "We have made clear to the U.S. how unfortunate this leak is. The selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship," a spokesperson for May said in a written statement.

Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May and said the US would no longer deal with the British ambassador to Washington after the diplomat ’ s frank assessments of the president as “inept” and “dysfunctional” were leaked to the Mail on Sunday.

23, diplomats who saw it said — threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed A senior Trump transition official said there was no ill will in the move, describing it as a simple matter of W. Robert Pearson, a former ambassador to Turkey and a scholar at the Middle East Institute in

In response, Trump said Monday he would “no longer deal with” Darroch, who has served as Britain’s ambassador since 2016. On Tuesday, the president lashed out at the U.K. for having “foisted” Darroch on the U.S. and renewed attacks on outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May over her handling of Brexit.

Some British lawmakers fear the growing dispute could imperil the close ties the two countries have enjoyed since the Second World War — which many had hoped was bolstered during Trump’s state visit to the U.K. in June — and their chances of agreeing on a trade deal after the U.K. leaves the E.U.

“This is such a damaging — potentially damaging — event that I hope the full force of our internal discipline, or even the law, will come down on whoever actually carried out this particular act,” the U.K.’s international trade secretary Liam Fox, the man charged with building up the U.K.’s trading relationships for the post-Brexit era, told the BBC. Fox is currently in the U.S. and said he would apologize for the leak to the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, at a scheduled meeting in Washington Tuesday.

Jeremy Hunt blasts Trump as 'disrespectful and wrong' as spat over UK envoy deepens

Jeremy Hunt blasts Trump as 'disrespectful and wrong' as spat over UK envoy deepens In a televised debate on Tuesday, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt reiterated his support for Kim Darroch, the ambassador who was revealed in leaked cables to have criticized Trump as "inept" and "incompetent," among other things. "I will keep him until he's due to retire," he said. Johnson, a former Foreign Secretary, refused to go out on a limb about whether he would decide to keep Darroch on. "I won't be so presumptuous as to assume that I'm going to be in a position to take that," he said. "It is vital that our civil service is not politicized by people leaking what they say," Johnson also said.

The Trump administration has been labelled "inept", insecure and incompetent in leaked emails from the UK A Foreign Office spokesman said the views of diplomats were "not necessarily the views of The UK embassy in Washington has "strong relations" with the White House and these would

Many of Trump ’ s aides have frequented events at the British Embassy during Darroch’s tenure. Still, the harsh assessment of Trump from America’s closest ally is an unusual breach. Some diplomats from allied countries have expressed similar views in private but have generally left it to

“This is going to be a hard period ahead,” says Tom Fletcher, a former British ambassador to Lebanon and former foreign policy adviser to the U.K. government. “It comes at a fragile time in the U.K. — we are vulnerable at the moment, we’re not having the best couple of years.”

In the long run, Fletcher says, the “special relationship” – and U.K.-U.S. cooperation on matters such as security — is resilient enough to survive the blip. But Britain’s next ambassador, due to be appointed in 2020 when Darroch ends his four-year term, “will have to work out how he wants to handle that relationship with the White House — whether to push back or have a more behind-the-scenes role.”

Fletcher says he was surprised by Trump’s reaction to the leak. “This kind of thing has happened in the past and everyone understood it was part of the game,” Fletcher says. “But in the past we haven’t had such a thin-skinned person in the White House. It’s really unfortunate that escalated so fast.”

TEXT-Resignation letter of British ambassador to Washington

TEXT-Resignation letter of British ambassador to Washington Resignation letter of British ambassador to Washington

Donald Trump has hit out at the UK’ s ambassador to Washington after the leak of sensitive diplomatic messages describing his “inept” The British foreign secretary said : “It’ s really important to say that the ambassador was doing his job as an ambassador which is to give frank reports and

program that a British diplomat , the ambassador to the United States, had written some scathing memos for British diplomats to read sharing his “He said that Trump ’ s ‘spontaneous’ missile strike on a Syrian airbase in April 2017 had won him ‘the best headlines of his brief time in the Oval Office

Other former British diplomats have defended the content of Darroch’s memos. “He has nothing wrong,” Christopher Meyer, who served as British ambassador to the U.S. from 1997 to 2003, told Sky News, adding that the giving the U.K. government a “very candid assessment” of foreign governments is “what an ambassador is paid to do.”

But others warn the leak could prevent British diplomats from doing that job.

“It’s embarrassing that we all know Britain’s ambassador believes the US administration is ‘dysfunctional,’ ‘unpredictable,’ ‘faction-riven’ and ‘inept,'” Peter Ricketts, the current U.K. ambassador to France, wrote in an op-ed published in The Guardian Monday. “But the most toxic aspect of the latest leak is that it undermines trust in that confidentiality.”

“If or when Britain does finally leave the European Union, negotiating a new basis for relations with our former partners and rethinking national strategy will put unprecedented demands [on officials]. It will be essential that ministers get the best advice from their civil servants, and that decisions are based on pooling all the key information.”

Diplomats shaken for now after Britain's US ambassador quits

Diplomats shaken for now after Britain's US ambassador quits WASHINGTON (AP) — The abrupt resignation of Britain's ambassador to the United States over leaked cables critical of the Trump administration may have jolted official Washington, but it's unlikely to have a lasting impact on the U.S.-British relationship or diplomatic practice . require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Current and former diplomats say the leak of Ambassador Kim Darroch's sensitive reports is unfortunate and alarming, particularly given the apparent political motive behind it.

Image caption The UK ambassador in Washington says Trump needs "simple, even blunt" arguments. A Foreign Office spokesman said the views of diplomats were "not necessarily the views of The UK embassy in Washington has "strong relations" with the White House and these would

UK minister to apologise to Ivanka Trump for diplomat ’ s memos on ‘inept’ US administration. The revelations come at a time when Britain is hoping to strike a major trade deal with its closest ally “I have made it clear that I don’t share the ambassador ’ s assessment of either the US administration or

Peter Westmacott, Darroch’s predecessor as ambassador to the U.S. from 2012 to 2016, wrote in The Telegraph newspaper that the leak put Darroch in “an embarrassing position” but said the real damage was to the diplomats’ ability “to say what they really think to ministers back home” and the risk that offended host country would make it “much harder” for diplomats to do their jobs if they are deemed “unsympathetic.”

Westmacott suggested the leak may have been intended to pressure May’s successor as Prime Minister — likely to be the Conservative lawmaker Boris Johnson — into choosing “someone already regarded as a ‘friend’ by the Trump administration” and “less ready to speak truth to power” as Darroch’s successor after his four-year stint ends in 2020.

Fletcher says the leak was not necessarily so tactical. “In my experience working in government, it’s almost always a [mistake] rather than a conspiracy,” he says. “In any case, that appointment will be one of the first things on the next prime minister’s desk. We’ll see if President Trump claims that as a victory when it happens.”

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