Trump calls May foolish as diplomatic row escalates

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2019

"I don't know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool", he said in another one.

Darroch's forthright views meant for consumption behind closed doors have caused embarrassment between two countries that often celebrate having a "special relationship". Hunt, who is Britain's foreign secretary, reprimanded Trump on Tuesday, tweeting that his comments were "disrespectful and wrong to our Prime Minister and my country".

"Sir Kim Darroch continues to have the Prime Minister's full support".

"The leak is absolutely unacceptable and, as you would expect, contact has been made with the Trump administration setting out our view that we believe that it is unacceptable", he said. "While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent state visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!"

Sir Kim was also uninvited to a White House dinner as a result.

In a series of tweets posted early on Tuesday morning Mr Trump hit out at ambassador Sir Kim Darroch, saying the British diplomat had been "foisted upon the United States" - but he also revealed he did not know him.

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

At the same time, May's government has made it clear it's backing him. He was telling London that Trump is an erratic US President with his own nationalist agenda, and he was warning his bosses to tread with extreme care.

The diplomatic bust up is the latest in a rocky relationship between the key allies since President Trump took office.

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Furthermore, Emirati-trained local troops will "continue to do [UAE] bidding" on the ground, he said. The official confirmed that UAE troop levels are down, describing it as a "strategic redeployment".

Senior figures lined up to insist the ministers were right to stand up for Sir Kim and warned the Government must not bow to U.S. pressure.

May's spokesperson said Britain and the US would continue to enjoy what they describe as a "special and enduring relationship".

It has also raised questions over how sensitive information found its way to the media. "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.

The missives threaten to plunge Washington and London into a rare diplomatic crisis and have landed their author, British envoy Kim Darroch - and by default his prime minister - in the USA president's crosshairs.

Tory former foreign secretary Lord Hague told the BBC: "You can't change an ambassador at the demand of a host country".

The British foreign secretary on Tuesday said U.S. President Donald Trump's recent comments on Prime Minister Theresa May and the United Kingdom were "disrespectful and wrong".

He was responding to a broadside by Trump against both May's government and Darroch, triggered by the leak of unflattering diplomatic cables written by the British envoy.

Hunt is trailing Johnson in the contest to replace May as leader of their Conservative party and prime minister of Britain.

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