UK ambassador to US calls Trump "inept" and "dysfunctional" 1 year ago

UK ambassador to US calls Trump "inept" and "dysfunctional"

He also said the presidency could "crash and burn".

Britain's ambassador in the United States has described President Donald Trump and his administration as "inept" and "uniquely dysfunctional", according to leaked diplomatic memos published on Sunday.


The British Foreign Office said the leak of the memos to the Mail on Sunday was "mischievous" but did not deny their accuracy according to the BBC.

Ambassador Kim Darroch reportedly said that the White House was "uniquely dysfunctional" and "divided" under Donald Trump.

He also said the presidency could "crash and burn" and "end in disgrace", in the cache of secret cables and briefing notes sent back to Britain seen by the newspaper.

"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 reportedly said.

He questioned whether the White House "will ever look competent".

Darroch said Trump was "dazzled" by his visit to UK but warned that the US will look after its own self interests and that it's a land of "America first."

"The British public would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country. Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the government. But we pay them to be candid. Just as the US Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities," a statement from the British Foreign Office read.
"Of course we would expect such advice to be handled by Ministers and civil servants in the right way and it's important that our Ambassadors can offer their advice and for it remain confidential. Our team in Washington have strong relations with the White House and no doubt that these will withstand such mischievous behaviour," the statement said.