EMBARRASSING LEAKS FROM UK EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON




Robert HARNEIS -TDO- (FRANCE) -The Trump administration has been labelled "inept", insecure and incompetent in leaked emails from the UK ambassador. Sir Kim Darroch wrote that the White House was "uniquely dysfunctional" and "divided" under Donald Trump.In the messages, Sir Kim wrote: "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".

President Trump's publicly stated reason for calling off an airstrike against Tehran with 10 minutes to go - that it would cause 150 casualties - "doesn't stand up", Sir Kim said.Instead, he suggested the president was "never fully on board" and did not want to reverse his campaign promise not to involve the US in foreign conflicts.Sir Kim said it was "unlikely that US policy on Iran is going to become more coherent any time soon" because "this is a divided administration".

The leaked files date from 2017 to the present day, covering the ambassador's early impressions that media reports of "vicious infighting and chaos" in the White House were "mostly true". An embarrassed Foreign Office spokesman said the public expects diplomats to provide ministers with an "honest, unvarnished assessment" of politics in their country.He said ministers and civil servants would handle this advice "in the right way" and ambassadors should be able to offer it confidentially.

The leaks come at a bad time as Britain seeks an important free trade deal with the United States at a crucial time in the Brexit crisis. The leaks are serious in that they come from secret and restricted communications. The remarks themselves are banal, not particularly penetrating and could have come from any public bar in the UK without all the expense of an Ambassador.


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