LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s ambassador to the United States described President Donald Trump’s administration as “dysfunctional”, “clumsy” and “inept”, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported, citing a collection of confidential memos.
The report drew ire from Trump, who mentioned the British ambassador, Kim Darroch, “did not serve the UK well.”
In memos to the British authorities which date from 2017 to the current, Darroch mentioned Trump “radiates insecurity” and advises officers in London that to cope with him successfully “you need to make your points simple, even blunt”.
“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,” Darroch wrote in a single, in accordance to the newspaper.
In others, the newspaper mentioned he had described the administration as “uniquely dysfunctional” and that media stories about White House “knife fights” are “mostly true”.
Speaking to reporters as he departed Morristown, New Jersey, Trump was dismissive of the report. “We’ve had our little ins and outs with a couple of countries and I’d say that the UK and the ambassador has not served the UK well, I can tell you that.”
“We are not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well so I can understand and I can say things about him but I won’t bother,” Trump mentioned, referring to Darroch.
Darroch wrote that “we could also be at the beginning of a downward spiral, rather than just a rollercoaster: something could emerge that leads to disgrace and downfall.”
But he additionally warned British officers not to write Trump off, saying there was a “credible path” to him successful a second time period in workplace. He mentioned Trump could “emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like (Arnold) Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator.”
A spokesman for the Foreign Office mentioned the general public would count on 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,” he mentioned.
“It’s important that our ambassadors can offer their advice and for it to remain confidential. Our team in Washington have strong relations with the White House and no doubt these will withstand such mischievous behavior.”
The Foreign Office later mentioned a proper investigation into the leak would happen.
In a memo written final month, Darroch described confusion throughout the administration over Trump’s choice to name off a navy strike on Iran, and that the president citing the variety of predicted casualties as the rationale he had modified his thoughts “didn’t stand up”.
“It’s more likely that he was never fully on board and that he was worried about how this apparent reversal of his 2016 campaign promises would look come 2020,” Darroch wrote, including that Trump might nonetheless set off a battle with Iran.
“Just one more Iranian attack somewhere in the region could trigger yet another Trump U-turn. Moreover, the loss of a single American life would probably make a critical difference.”
During a state go to to Britain final month, Trump was effusive concerning the “special relationship” between the United States and Britain, promising a “phenomenal” commerce deal after Britain leaves the European Union.
The Mail on Sunday reported that in a message despatched after that go to, Darroch mentioned that the president and his group had been “dazzled” by the go to and Britain may be “flavor of the month” however “this is still the land of America First”.
Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Jeff Mason in Morristown, NEW JERSEY ; Additional reporting by Alexandra Alper and Humeyra Pamuk, Editing by Elaine Hardcastle, William Maclean and James Dalgleish