WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump responded Sunday regarding the leaked diplomatic cables sent from Britain’s ambassador, Kim Darroch, back to London describing the U.S. president as “inept,” “insecure” and “incompetent.”
- When asked about the ambassador’s comments, Trump told reporters, “No I haven’t seen it, but, you know, we’ve had our little ins and outs with a couple of countries and I would say that the UK, and the ambassador has not served the UK well, I can tell you that.”
- A British newspaper, The Telegraph, reported that Trump aides have called for the ambassador to be fired since the leak.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump slammed Britain’s ambassador to Washington, Kim Darroch saying he was not a “big fan” of the diplomat. Trump’s remarks came after reports of leaked memos in which Darroch called Trump and his administration “dysfunctional” and “inept.”
“The ambassador has not served the U.K. well, I can tell you that,” Trump told reporters while in New Jersey. “We’re not big fans of that man and he has not served the U.K. well.”
Ambassador Darroch had many negative things to say about the U.S. president and his aides in a series of secret diplomatic cables that cover 2017 to the present, according to the Daily Mail.
“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 wrote at one point, the Daily Mail reported.
Trump aides have called for the ambassador to be fired since the leak, according to The Telegraph, a British newspaper.
A spokesperson for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office didn’t specifically discuss the secret cables or name Darroch but effectively defended the comments reported by The Mail. Darroch was a veteran diplomat serving in his current post since 2016,
“The British public would expect our ambassadors to provide ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “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 Foreign Office later said it would launch a formal investigation into the leak.