Hunt takes on Trump over “disrespectful” remarks

Hunt takes on Trump over “disrespectful” remarks

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told United States President Donald Trump to reciprocate the “respect” shown to him by British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mr Hunt took to Twitter to take issue directly with Mr Trump, saying the US President’s recent comments about Prime Minister May and the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the US “are disrespectful and wrong to our Prime Minister and my country”.

He urged Mr Trump to treat the UK with respect “as [Theresa May] has always done with you”.

Mr Hunt’s tweets follow fresh remarks made by Mr Trump further criticising both Prime Minister May and UK Ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch.

President Trump tweeted:

Mr Hunt tweeted:

The falling out between the two countries started when British diplomatic cables were leaked to the media.

In the cables, Sir Darroch gives candid assessments of President Trump and his administration.

In one memo, Sir Darroch 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.”

The assessment prompted Mr Trump to lash out on Twitter, attacking both Sir Darroch and Mrs May.

He initially tweeted:

But it was his second round of tweets that crossed the line of many in London, including Mr Hunt, who is one of two candidates who could replace Mrs May as Prime Minister of the UK.

The other prime ministerial hopeful, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, has remained hesitant to weigh in on the diplomatic stoush.

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

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