Trump’s attack on May only reinforces Darroch’s assessment of the White House

Trump’s attack on May only reinforces Darroch’s assessment of the White House

It is both unsurprising and amusing that US President Donald Trump would respond to the British Ambassador’s criticism by lashing out.

To provide a bit of context, UK Ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch said in a series of leaked diplomatic cables that the White House was “uniquely dysfunctional” and “divided” under Mr Trump, stating: “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.”

The leak has sent Downing Street into a frenzy as the British Government tries to contain the damage, albeit to no avail.

Naturally, Mr Trump has taken to Twitter to strike back in a couple of tweets that Ben Shapiro would write “DEMOLISHES Brit SJW Liberals”. The US President tweeted:

President Trump’s response is unsurprising because it is well established that he has remarkably thin skin, despite being no stranger to criticism and controversy; and amusing because it appears Mr Trump does not realise his response is precisely the kind of behaviour that inspired Sir Darroch’s assessment of him and his administration.

Further, the US President’s response is ridiculously petty. Claiming a widely-respected career diplomat “is not liked or well thought of” is like criticising Coco the Monkey — Coco’s primary function is to communicate messages from Kelloggs and he has proven to be effective.

Sir Darroch represents London and has done so in various positions for decades — he must be doing something right.

While this is a diplomatic disaster for the British Government, it is refreshing to see such an unvarnished official reading of the White House.

Despite the political niceties, Downing Street is fully aware of the kind of White House it is dealing with, which should reassure those concerned about the Trump Administration’s governance of the US.

In any case, the diplomatic fallout is unlikely to fundamentally change the UK-US relationship, which is underpinned by security, defence, shared values and trade — all of which are far more important and stable than the snowflake of a president currently occupying the White House.

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