British Ambassador To US Calls Trump Inept In Ill-Timed Memos Leak – NPR

Sir Kim Darroch, U.K.’s ambassador to the U.S., called President Trump an inadequate leader who poses a threat to the international trade system, in memos leaked to the Daily Mail.

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Sir Kim Darroch, U.K.’s ambassador to the U.S., called President Trump an inadequate leader who poses a threat to the international trade system, in memos leaked to the Daily Mail.

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In a series of confidential memos sent to the British Foreign Office, Britain’s ambassador to the U.S., Sir Kim Darroch, assails President Trump’s character and leadership.

The Daily Mail, which first leaked and excerpted the diplomatic cables, reports that Darroch describes Trump as an insecure and incompetent leader of an administration marred by “vicious infighting” and “false claims.”

“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,” the ambassador wrote in leaked documents, according to the Daily Mail.

By Sunday morning, the White House had not commented on the leak.

Darroch’s dispatches — which date from 2017 to present, according to the Daily Mail — tells Britain officials that, though Trump’s presidency could collapse in “disgrace and downfall,” he warns: “Do not write him off.”

A Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesperson did not deny the authenticity of the memos, but says they don’t necessarily reflect the stance of any part of Britain’s government.

“The British public would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country,” reads the FCO official’s statement. “Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the government. But we pay them to be candid. Just as the U.S. Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities.

“Of course we would expect such advice to be handled by Ministers and civil servants in the right way and it’s important that our Ambassadors can offer their advice and for it remain confidential. Our team in Washington have strong relations with the White House and no doubt that these will withstand such mischievous behaviour.”

In June, Trump visited U.K. officials, including Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. A crowd of protesters rallied outside Buckingham Palace when he got there.

The leaked messages are especially ill-timed for the U.K. as it seeks to lock down a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S., if it leaves the European Union. The deadline for Brexit is currently Oct. 31.

The Daily Mail also reports that Darroch raises concerns that Trump’s “America First” agenda could “denounce the WTO [World Trade Organization], tear up existing trade details, launch protectionist action, even against allies. It could further undermine international action on climate change, or further cut UN funding.”

Among the leaked memos was a list offering advice for other top British officials in their dealings with Trump. According to the Daily Mail, the ambassador advised, “You need to start praising him for something that he’s done recently.”

Darroch took his post as Britain’s ambassador to the U.S. in January 2016. He previously served as national security advisor under former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit party in the U.K., tweeted on Sunday, “Kim Darroch is totally unsuitable for the job and the sooner he is gone the better.”

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