In an extraordinary leak of opinionated memos and secret communications from Britain’s top diplomat in the U.S. that were sent to Downing Street, President Trump was characterized as “inept.” Among multiple other incriminations, Sir Kim Darroch warned Trump is “uniquely dysfunctional and his career could end in disgrace.”
Needless to say, the Sunday exposé by the Daily Mail is likely to put a dent in the U.K.’s “special relationship” with the U.S.
As for careers ending in disgrace, Darroch is sure to be recalled to London and unceremoniously put out to pasture.
The Mail viewed a series of memos that were clearly intended to bash the President’s character. The paper reported that the ambassador called Trump “insecure” and “incompetent” among many derogatory comments within his communications back to the UK government.
“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 wrote. He also said that he doesn’t believe Trump’s White House will “ever look competent,” according to the Mail.
Known to be a big fan of “cinema,” the ambassador used a particularly expressive reference to the President’s knack for overcoming controversy in a life which has been “mired in scandal.” According to the Mail, Darroch said that in spite of the difficulties surrounding his administration, the President may nonetheless ’emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator.’
Other leaked content of the ambassador’s memos, as reported by the Daily Mail, Darroch …
Describes bitter conflicts within Trump’s White House – verified by his own sources – as ‘knife fights’
Warns that Trump could have been indebted to ‘dodgy Russians’
Claims the President’s economic policies could wreck the world trade system
Says the scandal-hit Presidency could ‘crash and burn’ and that ‘we could be at the beginning of a downward spiral… that leads to disgrace and downfall’
Voices fears that Trump could still attack Iran.
In a memo Darroch sent following Trump’s recent visit to the U.K., the newspaper reported that he wrote that, although Britain might be “flavour of the month,” the Trump administration continues to be self-interested … “This is still the land of America First.”
The leaked files are dated from 2017 to the present.
A particularly disturbing letter was sent to the U.K.’s National Security Adviser and copied to a small number of senior officials in Downing Street and the Foreign Office just five months into Trump’s presidency. In it the ambassador took the position that “the worst cannot be ruled out” regarding the now disproved allegations of collusion between Russia and Trump.
A possible clue into the motivation for Darroch’s personal views and commentary was mentioned in the Mail’s report in that he is “a former UK Permanent Representative to the EU and widely regarded as a europhile.” President Trump has been a vocal supporter of the Brexit movement.
The U.K. Foreign Office has responded to the bombshell report that the British public “would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their countries. Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the Government. But we pay them to be candid, just as the US 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,” the statement continued.
“Our team in Washington have strong relations with the White House and no doubt that these will withstand such mischievous behaviour,” the spokesman concluded in a hopeful tone.
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