President Trump on Monday, July 8, said that he will no longer deal with the UK ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch, who made controversial comments over President Trump and his administration in diplomatic leaked cables.
The president said in a tweet: “I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him. The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister,”
….thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him. The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister. While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent State Visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2019
According to Bloomberg, shortly after the president’s tweet, an U.S.official said that Darroch’s invitation to a Monday night dinner hosted by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin with President Trump and the emir of Qatar had been called off.
Earlier, the Daily Mail reported that in a series of secret diplomatic cables from 2017 to the present, the UK Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch condemned President Trump administration, describing the conflicts in the White House as “knife fights.” He also said that President Trump could have been indebted to “dodgy Russians” and he doesn’t think the administration will “ever look competent” and the presidency could “lead to disgrace and downfall.’
Perhaps, the most sensitive comment that Darroch referred Trump administration, saying, “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,” according to the Daily Mail.
After the leaked diplomatic cable surged, President Trump fired back at the ambassador saying, ““We’ve had our little ins and outs with a couple of countries, and I would say that the U.K. — their ambassador has not served the U.K. well, I can tell you that,” the president said. “We are not big fans of that man, and he has not served the U.K. well. So, I can understand it and I can say things about him, but I won’t bother.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government said on Monday that Darroch continues to have “full support.”
The UK government representative said in a statement: “We have made clear to the U.S. how unfortunate this leak is. The selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship.”
“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 statement read.
The representative also said the country has a “special and enduring relationship with the U.S. based on our long history and commitment to shared values and that will continue to be the case.”
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement on Saturday defending ambassador’s comments. “The British public would expect our ambassadors to provide ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country. 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.”
The representative continued: “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,” adding that Britain’s “team in Washington have strong relations with the White House and no doubt that these will withstand such mischievous behavior.”