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Trump hits back as UK’s top envoy calls White House ‘inept’
Published on: Tuesday, July 09, 2019

LONDON: US President Donald Trump (pic) hit back and the UK launched an inquiry after leaked memos revealed Britain’s ambassador in the US had described the president and his White House as “inept” and “uniquely dysfunctional”.

Trump said Ambassador Kim Darroch had “not served the UK well” and that he and his administration were “not big fans” of the envoy.

Darroch had said Trump’s presidency could “crash and burn” and “end in disgrace”, according to a cache of secret cables and briefing notes sent back to Britain seen by the Mail newspaper.

“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 allegedly wrote in one dispatch.

The paper said the most damning comments by Darroch described Trump, who was received by Queen Elizabeth II during a state visit to Britain just last month, as “insecure” and “incompetent”.

A memo sent following the controversial visit said the president and his team had been “dazzled” by the visit but warned Britain might not remain “flavour of the month” because “this is still the land of America First”. 

He reportedly wrote that the “vicious infighting and chaos” inside the White House—widely reported in the US but dismissed by Trump as “fake news” — was “mostly true”.

Asked about the leak, Trump told reporters in the US: “The ambassador has not served the UK well, I can tell you that. – AF



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