Britain is scrambling to express its regret over leaked memos from its ambassador describing President Donald Trump’s administration as “dysfunctional” and “inept.”
“Contact has been made with the Trump administration, setting out our view that we believe the leak is unacceptable,” Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson said, according to Reuters. “It is, of course, a matter of regret that this has happened.”
U.K. trade minister Liam Fox is in Washington and was scheduled to meet with first daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump. He told BBC radio he would apologize to her directly.
“I will be apologizing for the fact that either our civil service or elements of our political class have not lived up to the expectations that either we have or the United States has about their behavior, which in this particular case has lapsed in a most extraordinary and unacceptable way,” Fox said.
“Malicious leaks of this nature … can actually lead to a damage to that relationship, which can therefore affect our wider security interest,” he added.
British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch is in the hot seat after leaked diplomatic cables from the U.K.’s top diplomat sent to Downing Street that not only characterized President Trump as “inept,” but warned he is “uniquely dysfunctional and his career could end in disgrace.”
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“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.”
President Trump was impervious to Darroch’s assessment.
“We are not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well,” he told reporters, according to Reuters. “So I can understand and I can say things about him but I won’t bother.”
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office tried to walk a fine line in distancing itself from Darroch offensive remarks without throwing him under a double-decker bus.
“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,” read a statement from a spokesperson.
Fox was Ivanka Trump’s escort to the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, during President Trump’s three-day state visit — the royal state dinner was hosted by Queen Elizabeth.
The visit by Trump received positive press in the British media.
Joe Conch, media reporter for The Hill, said the president came across as “competent” and a “strong leader” in appearances with Prime Minister May and Queen Elizabeth.
According to media reports, the Queen seemed to have a favorable view of Trump, who called her a “great, great woman” in commenting to the media.
“I hope you come to this country again soon,” Her Majesty reportedly told him in their final engagement, the D-Day 75th-anniversary ceremony in Portsmouth.
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