United Kingdom ambassador disinvited from White House dinner

Cheryl Sanders
July 10, 2019

Hunt also pledged to keep Sir Kim Darroch on as United Kingdom ambassador if Hunt ascended to the prime minister post.

"Well look I've got a good relationship with the White House and have no embarrassment in saying that", he told reporters on the campaign trail.

According to the left-leaning CBS, the leaked cables showed Darroch claiming Trump "radiates insecurity" and that his team at the British Embassy in Washington "don't really believe Trump's administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; ... less diplomatically clumsy and inept".

The US president's early morning wrath was not exclusively reserved for Darroch, however.

President Donald Trump announced in a Monday afternoon Twitter salvo on that he would "no longer deal with" British ambassador Kim Darroch, who had criticized the president as "uniquely dysfunctional" in recently leaked comments from 2017.

The President also repeated criticisms of the outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit negotiations, describing her method as "foolish" and a "disaster".

But if anyone thought that the warmth of his Buckingham Palace welcome in a successful state visit last month would cause Trump to give Britain a pass when it needed it, they were wrong.

Trump concluded his tweets by demanding that someone tell Darroch "the US 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!"

The leaked cables threaten to complicate London's efforts to strike a new trade agreement with the United States, to mitigate potential damage from Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.

Downing Street has stuck by Sir Kim and said he has the "full confidence" of Mrs May but the British government is now scrambling to fix the damage done by the leak. The selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship.

"Everybody could probably have guessed that Sir Kim reported back about Trump as if he were the average CNN pundit", says Freddy Gray, deputy editor of The Spectator.

As I wrote yesterday, if Boris Johnson does succeed May as prime minister, he'd better fire Darroch and replace him with someone who is less hostile to the USA president.

Asked about Trump's views on the situation, the spokesman said: "The UK government determines who its ambassador is".

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

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street, as she faces a vote on alternative Brexit options, in London, March 27, 2019.

Sir Christopher Meyer told Today, "It was clearly somebody who set out deliberately to sabotage Sir Kim's ambassadorship, to make his position untenable and to have him replaced by somebody more congenial to the leaker".

The ambassador's job is "to provide honest and unvarnished opinions" but May "does not agree with the assessment", he said.

Such a referral would be required for a criminal investigation to be considered, a Metropolitan spokesman said.

Questioning why Sir Kim had made the comments he said: "I suspect it's because Darroch's obvious personal dislike for the President overrode any diplomatic common sense".

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