We’re not big fans of that man, says Trump about U.K. envoy
U.S. President Donald Trump has criticised Britain’s Ambassador to the U.S., Kim Darroch, saying the British envoy had not served his country well.
Mr. Trump’s comments, made on Sunday afternoon, came in response to a reporter’s question on whether he had seen reports of leaked diplomatic cables, in which Mr. Darroch had been critical of Mr. Trump, published over the weekend by the Mail on Sunday, a British paper.
“No, I haven’t seen it [reports of Mr. Darroch’s comments]. But, you know, we’ve had our little ins and outs with — with a couple of countries. And I would say that the U.K. and the Ambassador has not served the U.K. well, I can tell you that,” Mr. Trump said.
“We’re not — we’re not big fans of that man, and he has not served the U.K. well. So I can understand it. And I can say things about him, but I won’t bother.”
Mr. Darroch had called Mr. Trump “inept” and “insecure” and the White House as “uniquely dysfunctional”, in the leaked cables.
The U.K. Foreign Office has launched an investigation into the leak.
The leak is being seen by some diplomats as a move to push Mr. Darroch out and to send an Ambassador to Washington, who, unlike Mr. Darroch, is seen to support Brexit.
Have full faith: May
The British Prime Minister’s spokesperson had reacted to the reports saying that Prime Minister Theresa May had “full faith” in Mr. Darroch although she rejected his characterisation of Mr. Trump. Mr. Darroch has been British Ambassador to the U.S. since January 2016, prior to which he was the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor.