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UK rushes to repair ties with US after leak brands Trump's White House 'inept'

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Washington/London: Britain's ambassador to the US "has not served the UK well" Donald Trump has said after the the envoy called the President's administration "clumsy" and "inept" in leaked diplomatic cables, prompting London to launch damage control measures to repair its special relationship with Washington.

In secret cables and briefing notes, the UK's Ambassador to US Kim Darroch warned the British government that President Trump's "career could end in disgrace," and described conflicts within the White House as "knife fights," according to reports in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

"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 allegedly wrote in one dispatch.

Darroch also said that President Trump and his team had been "dazzled" by their recent state visit to the UK but that while "we might be flavour of the month, but this is still the land of 'America First'."

When asked for his reaction to Darroch's uncharitable comments, Trump told reporters on Sunday, "No I haven't seen it, but, you know, we've had our little ins and outs with a couple of countries and I would say that the UK, and the ambassador has not served the UK well, I can tell you that."

"We're not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well, so I can understand it," Trump, who was received by Queen Elizabeth II during a state visit to Britain in June, said.

"And I can say things about him but I won't bother," the US President added.

CNN, quoting a UK government source, reported that the memos described in the Daily Mail story, which span the period between 2017 to present day, are genuine.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, trying to salvage the situation, said the memos reflected a "personal view", not that of the UK government.

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