- Ambassador writes taunting tirade against Trump after visiting UK.
- Trump collects ambassador scolding: dysfunctional, unpredictable, split, clumsy, awkward.
- British Foreign Ministry does not dispute ambassador allegations.
Diplomacy is also an art of courtesy. But not behind the scenes: After Donald Trump’s visit to Europe, the British Ambassador to the US wrote an extraordinary briefing.
Previously, the British newspaper Mail on Sunday reported on Kim Darroch’s secret briefings to the State Department in London, in which the ambassador expressed extremely negative comments about the functioning of the government in Washington – also with regard to Trump’s foreign policy.
The British ambassador to the US has described US President Donald Trump and his government as “incompetent” and ” dysfunctional” in internal communications, according to a press release. Ambassador Kim Darroch said in secret briefings to the State Department in London that the Trump presidency will “crash” and “end shamefully,” the British newspaper Mail on Sunday said.
“We don’t really believe this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less diplomatically clumsy and inept,” Darroch wrote in a dispatch. Trump is described as “insecure” and “incompetent” according to the report.
US President Donald Trump, after hearing secret reports of the Washington administration, has denounced the British ambassador. “The ambassador did not serve the UK well,” Trump told journalists in New Jersey on Sunday. “We are not big fans of this man.”
Historically, the United States and the United Kingdom are friends with special ties – and in recent decades, the two states have always been close allies, even in military interventions. But an unflattering assessment of a senior British diplomat over President Donald Trump could now cause upset.
Trump was received by Queen Elizabeth II last month. A note following the controversial state visit to the UK says Trump’s team is “blinded” by the visit. However, the ambassador warned that Britain would not remain “the flower of the month” because “this is still the land of the America First.”
The Iranian policy of the US president is described by Darroch as “erratic, chaotic.” Last year, Trump stepped out of Iran’s nuclear agreement in 2015, which aims to prevent the country from developing a nuclear bomb. Darroch wrote that he does not believe Trump’s public statement that he had canceled a last-minute military attack on Iran in June because of the potentially high civilian casualties. The president worried that such a move would have negatively impacted his re-election chances in 2020.
He had doubts as to whether White House would ever “be competent,” Darroch wrote. One can only communicate with Trump by expressing oneself in simple words and bluntly.
The published diplomatic reports and memos date back to 2017. The British Foreign Office did not question the authenticity of those endorsements. A spokeswoman said ambassadors were paid “to be honest” and to provide ministers with a “sincere, unvarnished assessment of politics in their country.”
Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Minister, however, distanced himself from the ambassador’s assessment. The US government remains “most effective under Trump and the best friend of Britain on the international stage.” Darroch’s assessments are “personal opinions.” The ministry announced an inquiry into how the contents of the memos could end up in the press.
Darroch is considered one of the most experienced British diplomats. He took up his post in Washington in January 2016.