Trump says United Kingdom ambassador 'a very stupid guy'

Wednesday, 10 Jul, 2019

President Trump said Tuesday he's heard the "wacky" British ambassador to the U.S., Kim Darroch is a "pompous fool", following the leak of confidential cables where he called the president dysfunctional and "inept".

Mr Trump reacted with fury to the comments as he lashed out on Twitter and described Theresa May as a "disaster" and "foolish" while he has also called Sir Kim a "pompous fool" and a "very stupid guy".

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt lashed back Tuesday at President Trump, calling his remarks about the UK's USA ambassador and Prime Minister Theresa May "disrespectful and wrong".

He went on to criticise Theresa May over Brexit, saying she had ignored his advice and gone her "own foolish way".

Trump's tweets sent a mutli-pronged message to London that its ambassador, a career diplomat who was Monday branded an anti-Trump globalist by his foes back home, is no longer welcome in the White House.

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"This is such a damaging - potentially damaging - event that I hope the full force of our internal discipline, or even the law, will come down on whoever actually carried out this particular act", the U.K.'s worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox, the man charged with building up the U.K.'s trading relationships for the post-Brexit era, told the BBC.

He has since had an invitation to a dinner at the White House withdrawn and Mr Trump has previously tweeted that he "would not deal" with the UK's representative in Washington DC.

"He continues to carry out his duties with the full support of the PM".

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said United Kingdom diplomats are expected to be candid in reports back home, and described the leak of Darroch's communications as "mischievous behavior". "The selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship", said a Downing Street spokesperson.

Mr Hunt responded to Mr Trump's latest outburst by tweeting: "Friends speak frankly so I will: These comments are disrespectful and wrong to our prime minister and my country".

Darroch has had a close relationship with numerous Trump administration officials and the president's advisers have been frequent guests at embassy events.

"At the same time we have also underlined the importance of ambassadors being able to provide honest, unvarnished assessments of the politics in their country", the spokesman added.

A British newspaper published leaked diplomatic cables Sunday in which ambassador Kim Darroch described the Trump Administration as "incompetent" and "insecure".

The leaked emails from the ambassador said President Trump "radiates insecurity" and his team were "dazzled" by the state visit to the UK.

Christopher Meyer, a former British ambassador to Washington, said there was a "possible range of villains".

"You can't change an ambassador at the demand of a host country", he said. The police said it has received Tugendhat's request but had not received an official governmental referral of allegations in relation to the Official Secrets Act.