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British Ambassador Resigns Over Leaked Documents

British Ambassador Resigns Over Leaked Documents

British Ambassador Kim Darroch resigned Wednesday after internal documents showing his criticism of President Trump were leaked to the media.

In diplomatic cables intended for a private audience, Darroch described President Trump as “inept,” “insecure,” and “incompetent.” He described conflicts within the White House as “knife fights.”

“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,” wrote Darroch.

President Trump responded to the insult in predictable Trumpian fashion, bashing Darroch as a “stupid guy” and a “pompous fool.” Trump said he would “no longer deal” with Darroch and lashed out at Prime Minister Theresa May for handling Brexit in a “foolish way.”

The British government largely defended Darroch, noting that diplomats are encouraged to be frank when submitting private assessments. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is vying with Boris Johnson to replace May, described Trump’s comments as “disrespectful” and said he would not fire Darroch.

Since Darroch’s resignation comes while May is still in office, she will have the chance to nominate a replacement before she steps down at the end of the month. 

Author’s Note: It’s true that ambassadors are supposed to give honest assessments of the people they are working with, and more often than not these assessments are not flattering. But the point here is that top secret documents were leaked and that they were insulting to the leader of a country. 

This is tantamount to a public declaration of insult from one country to another, and Britain should have responded by apologizing to President Trump and pulling Darroch out. Instead, they defended the ambassador and criticized Trump.

To Trump’s credit, he refrained from declaring Darroch persona non grata and waited for him to resign.

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4 Comments

  1. don mccollough

    dumb ass liberal communist moron from Britton. No one pays these moron’s any attention now days, just look at the mess they choose to live in !!!!! AOC must be from there !

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  2. Gail

    Who cares what anybody from Brittain says They need America more than we need them
    President Trump brought America out of the ashes that Obama and the democrats and the spineless republicans did to us
    Brittain is lost. And just about un- retrieveable . They had better rise up against the Muslims that their idiot politicians have brought to replace them with

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    • Joe Gilbertson

      No matter what you say in back channels, when something like this goes public, the host country should be embarrassed and contrite enough to pull their ambassador and apologize. Everything is ruined after that, no ambassador would even begin to think he could work with a government after such a thing.

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  3. GINO SPIMONI

    HE CAN’T HELP IT. LOOK HOW LONG THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE EU AND WHERE THE PHONY DOSSIER CAME FROM.

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