The Speaker
Wednesday, 29 May 2024 – 21:53

Leaked memo from British ambassador derides Trump

In a recent leaked memo from British ambassador Kim Darroch, it was revealed how inept he thinks US president Donald Trump is and how there are numerous concerns he has with Trump, ranging from Russia to the world economy.

In a series of documents leaked to the Daily Mail, there was mention of a host of issues the ambassador has with Trump. Among them were issues like Trump could have been indebted to ‘dodgy Russians,’ that Trump’s economic policies could wreck the world trade system, the president could ‘crash and burn’ and that ‘we could be at the beginning of a downward spiral… that leads to disgrace and downfall’ and that Trump could still attack Iran.

The memos stretch from the past two years, with one discussing the disfunction plaguing the White House in the early months of Trumps presidency, with a memo being sent in June of 2017. There is also mention of something like how Trump said he called off a recent planned strike on Iran because of the resulting casualties. Darroch said it ‘doesn’t stand up’. And ‘it’s more likely that he was never fully on board and that he was worried about how this apparent reversal of his 2016 campaign promises would look come 2020,’ due to the upcoming 2020 presidential election. 

In response to these memos Trump said, when asked by a reporter on Sunday, “The ambassador has not served the UK well, I can tell you that. We are not big fans of that man … I can say things about him, but I won’t bother.”

The British government has also responded to the leaked memos, with a spokesman for prime minister Theresa May saying “Contact has been made with the Trump administration, setting out our view that we believe the leak is unacceptable. It is, of course, a matter of regret that this has happened.” Trade minister Liam Fox said on the BBC “Malicious leaks of this nature are unprofessional, unethical and unpatriotic and can actually lead to a damage to that relationship, which can therefore affect our wider security interest.”

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