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  • Trump administration is 'inept and insecure', says UK ambassador

    The Trump administration has been labelled "inept", insecure and incompetent in leaked emails from the UK ambassador to Washington.

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

    But he also warned that the US president should not be written off.

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

    The White House has not yet responded to the revelation of the contents of the memos, but it could test the so-called "special relationship" between the US and UK.

    In the messages, Sir Kim 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".
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48898231

    No they won't.
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    Trump says he will no longer deal with UK ambassador who labeled him 'inept'

    President Donald Trump said Monday that the White House will no longer deal with British Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch after a series of leaked diplomatic cablesrevealed he told 10 Downing Street that the administration was "inept" and "clumsy."

    "I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the US," Trump tweeted.
    "We will no longer deal with him. The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister. While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent State Visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!" he said.
    Trump has met Darroch several times including on his recent trip to the UK.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/08/polit...dor/index.html
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    • #3
      I wonder if the White House will ever look competent again.

      Pete (is inclined to say "no")

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      • #4
        Trump 'disrespectful' to PM and UK, says Jeremy Hunt

        Donald Trump has been "disrespectful" towards the prime minister and the UK, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

        His comments come after President Trump called Sir Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to the US, "a very stupid guy" amid a row over leaked emails.

        He went on to criticise Theresa May over Brexit, saying she had ignored his advice and gone her "own foolish way".

        On Sunday emails revealed the ambassador had called the Trump administration "clumsy and inept".

        Meanwhile, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox's scheduled meeting with the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in the US was cancelled on Tuesday.

        Mr Hunt responded to Mr Trump's latest outburst by tweeting: "Friends speak frankly so I will: these comments are disrespectful and wrong to our prime minister and my country."

        The Tory leadership hopeful also said he would keep Sir Kim in his post until he retires at Christmas.
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        • #5
          Sir Kim Darroch: UK ambassador to US resigns in Trump leaks row

          Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, as a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump's administration escalates.

          Theresa May said Sir Kim's departure was "a matter of deep regret" after the ambassador said it was "impossible" for him to continue.

          Meanwhile, Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson has faced criticism for failing to fully support him.

          President Trump said on Monday that the US would not deal with Sir Kim.

          The US president had branded him "a very stupid guy" after emails emerged where the ambassador had called his administration "clumsy and inept".

          In a letter to the Foreign Office, Sir Kim said he wanted to end speculation about his position: "The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.

          "Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador."
          https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48937120
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          • #6
            You can't be an effective ambassador if you've soured your relationship with the foreign government, no matter how right you are.

            Pete (expected the resignation)

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            • #7
              I wonder if he's relieved.
              They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
              -Mr. Raceboy

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              • #8
                New leak claims Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal 'to spite Obama'

                Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK's former ambassador in the US.

                Sir Kim Darroch described the move as an act of "diplomatic vandalism", according to the Mail on Sunday.

                The paper says the memo was written after the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appealed to the US in 2018 to stick with the deal.

                The latest leak came despite the Met Police warning against publication.

                The first memos criticising President Trump's administration, which emerged a week ago, prompted a furious reaction from the US president and resulted in Sir Kim resigning from his role. What have we learnt from the latest leak?

                The Mail on Sunday reports that Sir Kim wrote to Mr Johnson informing him Republican President Trump appeared to be abandoning the nuclear deal for "personality reasons" - because the pact had been agreed by his Democrat predecessor, Barack Obama.

                Under the 2015 deal backed by the US and five other nations, Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

                However, President Trump said he did not think that the deal went far enough in curtailing Iran's nuclear ambitions and reinstated US sanctions after withdrawing from it in May 2018.

                In a tweet from June this year, the president also said he objected to Mr Obama having given Iran 1.8bn (1.4bn) as part of the deal. Commentators later pointed out this was related to the settlement of an unfulfilled military order from the 1970s.

                Tehran recently announced it would break a limit set on uranium enrichment, in breach of the deal's conditions. However the UK, Germany and France say they are still committed to the deal.

                The British ambassador's memo is said to have highlighted splits amongst US presidential advisers; he wrote that the White House did not have a strategy of how to proceed following withdrawal from the deal.
                https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48978484
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                • #9
                  The Mail on Sunday reports that Sir Kim wrote to Mr Johnson informing him Republican President Trump appeared to be abandoning the nuclear deal for "personality reasons" - because the pact had been agreed by his Democrat predecessor, Barack Obama.
                  How the hell could he possibly know this?

                  Pete (thinks Sir Kim is speculating, even if it's plausible)

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                  • #10
                    It does say "appeared to be".
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Plezercruz View Post
                      I wonder if the White House will ever look competent again.

                      Pete (is inclined to say "no")
                      Has it ever actually been competent? Isn't it just the same turd without the gold foil wrapper?
                      "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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                      • #12
                        Appearing competent IS a large component of competency in matters of court!

                        Pete (thinks that may sound paradoxical, but it is so)

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