“Inept Trump”: UK Government launches inquiry into leaked ambassador’s emails
The British Government has launched an inquiry into an emails leak that made public criticisms from the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United States regarding the Trump Administration and the US President.
The British Ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch said the White House was “uniquely dysfunctional” and “divided” under Donald Trump.
He said: “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.”
He questioned whether this White House “will ever look competent” but also warned the US President should not be written off.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the memos reflected Sir Kim’s “personal view”, not that of the UK Government.
President Trump has responded to the criticism by claiming Sir Kim had “not served the UK well”.
Asked about the leak, he told reporters in New Jersey: “We’re not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well.
“So I can understand it and I can say things about him but I won’t bother.”
The British Foreign Office said the leak to the Daily Mail on Sunday (local time) was “mischievous”, but did not deny the accuracy of the memos.
A spokesperson confirmed a formal leak investigation would be launched.
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