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BBC: Trump: 'We won't deal with UK ambassador' after leaked emails

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Trump: 'We won't deal with UK ambassador' after leaked emails

  • 8 July 2019
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Image caption Mr Trump also repeated his criticism of Mrs May's handling of Brexit

US President Donald Trump has stepped up his attack on the UK's ambassador in Washington, saying "we will no longer deal with him".

In a series of tweets on Monday, he said Sir Kim Darroch was "not liked or well thought of within the US".

In leaked emails, Sir Kim had described President Trump's administration as "inept".

Mr Trump's tweets came hours after Theresa May said she had "full faith" in Sir Kim but did not agree with him.

Her spokesman had described the leak as "absolutely unacceptable", and said the PM's office had made contact with the White House.

Mr Trump had already responded to the leaked emails by saying "we're not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well".

He then took to Twitter again - also delivering another withering assessment of Mrs May's handling of Brexit, describing it as "a mess".

What did the leaked emails say?

In the emails leaked to the Mail on Sunday, Sir Kim said: "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."

He questioned whether this White House "will ever look competent" but also warned the US president should not be written off.

The emails, dating from 2017, said rumours of "infighting and chaos" in the White House were mostly true and policy on sensitive issues such as Iran was "incoherent, chaotic".

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Media captionDonald Trump: "The ambassador has not served the UK well"

Sir Kim said Mr Trump was "dazzled" by his state visit to the UK in June, but warned that his administration would remain self-interested, adding: "This is still the land of America First."

Who is Sir Kim Darroch?

Sir Kim represents the Queen and UK government interests in the US.

Born in South Stanley, County Durham, in 1954, he attended Durham University where he read zoology.

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Image caption Sir Kim Darroch said the White House was dysfunctional

During a 42-year diplomatic career, he has specialised in national security issues and European Union policy.

In 2007, Sir Kim served in Brussels as UK permanent representative to the EU.

He was the prime minister's national security adviser between 2012 and 2015, dealing with issues such as the rise of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, Russian annexation of Crimea, the nuclear threat from Iran and the collapse of government authority in Libya.

He became ambassador to the US in January 2016, several months before Donald Trump became president.

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Fedster

What did the ambassador do that was wrong? Surely he was just doing his job? The leaker needs to be prosecuted.

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Indiana Jones

He'd done exactly what were want him to do The purpose of his role is to liaise with, and report on, the government with which he's placed.

Frankly, the US came out of it better than I'd have thought. I'd probably have been less diplomatic.

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SimonT

If the UK had sufficient gumption they would do the right thing by the ambassador. Find the person who leaked and prosecute them. But I suspect we will fold and cower. 

I don't think he can realistically be the US ambassador any more because part of the political game played all over the world has been laid bare. We should replace him with someone else who we can also trust to be honest and blunt. 

But that would need a little backbone and leadership in government and I haven't seen much of that recently. 

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Trump says UK ambassador 'a very stupid guy'

  • 9 July 2019
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The UK's "wacky" ambassador to the US is "a very stupid guy" who is understood to be a "pompous fool", Donald Trump has said.

The latest tweets from the President came after Downing Street reaffirmed its "full support" for Sir Kim Darroch.

On Monday President Trump said he will no longer work with Sir Kim after leaked emails revealed he had called the Trump administration inept.

A formal investigation has been launched by the UK government.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday Mr Trump tweeted: "The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy.

"He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled.

"I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster!

"I don't know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far...and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger...Thank you, Mr. President!"

Number 10 previously called the leak "unfortunate" and said the UK and US still shared a "special and enduring" relationship.

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Fedster

Trump has well and truly thrown his toys out the pram, we are reaching the stage where Trump will have influence over who the next British ambassador to the US will be

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-memo-brexit-liam-fox-meeting-trade-talks-ivanka-cancel-wilbur-ross-twitter-a8997681.html

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  • 10 July 2019
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Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US amid a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump's administration.

This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.

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Fedster

When Boris was mayor he repeatedly insulted Trump by saying;

Boris On Trump:

“clearly out of his mind"

“stupefyingly ignorant"

“Unfit to be prime minister”

“Playing the game of terrorists”

So Darroch has to resign because his secret communication was leaked where he insulted Trump, yet our soon to be PM has done the same on camera and no one bats an eyelid.

why the double standards?

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ParochialYokal

Boris’ behaviour shows what a lack of a backbone he has and how he will opportunistically throw anyone under the ‘Boris Bus’ in order to further his cause.

Hunt at least showed us his moral fibre through backing the ambassador. 

God help us when Boris becomes PM. 

 

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Indiana Jones

Sycophantic lick-spittle comes to mind.

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