Leaked Memos From UK Ambassador Call Trump Administration “Inept”

Rachel S

Here are some bold words from an official of a country that still can’t put together a feasible Brexit deal:

 ‘As seen from here, we really don’t believe that this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional, less unpredictable, less faction-riven, less diplomatically clumsy and inept.’

This quote is one of many excerpts leaked from official documents written by Sir Kim Darroch, the UK’s ambassador to Washington, DC. The Daily Mail reports,

In the memos, seen by The Mail on Sunday following an unprecedented leak, Sir Kim:

Describes bitter conflicts within Trump’s White House – verified by his own sources – as ‘knife fights’;

Warns that Trump could have been indebted to ‘dodgy Russians’;
Claims the President’s economic policies could wreck the world trade system;
Says the scandal-hit Presidency could ‘crash and burn’ and that ‘we could be at the beginning of a downward spiral… that leads to disgrace and downfall’;
Voices fears that Trump could still attack Iran.

In one of the most sensitive documents, Sir Kim writes: ‘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 also says that he doesn’t think Trump’s White House will ‘ever look competent’.

There’s so much wrong here, but I’ll start with the classic “pot calling the kettle black.” The UK, with its bungled Brexit negotiations and former PM Theresa May’s recent departure, is hardly a paragon of functional, effective government. Even if I were to agree with Darroch’s assessments, the hypocrisy of his position is unavoidable.

Further, sticking with the “he has a point about Trump” narrative (don’t worry, we’ll diverge from it later), NPR points out,

The leaked messages are especially ill-timed for the U.K. as it seeks to lock down a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S., in the event the U.K. leaves the European Union. The deadline for Brexit is currently Oct. 31.

and Daily Mail adds,

The leak is embarrassingly timed for the British Government, coming just weeks after the Queen welcomed Trump and his family with a 41-gun salute and a State banquet at Buckingham Palace as part of a diplomatic drive to secure a post-Brexit free-trade deal.

But to give credence to Darroch’s description of the White House and Trump administration is to ignore some key facts– namely, the state of the US economy (which is, in the words of the Irish, grand). I won’t list here all the high points and improvements of America under Trump’s presidency; I’d rather hear from you what you’re most impressed with or proud of. The point is, I don’t really care how competent the White House looks to a couple of British diplomats. The results speak for themselves.

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