A controversy has broken out over leaked emails of the U.K. ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch.
In the emails, the British ambassador spoke negatively of President Trump.
The comments have sparked outrage on both sides of the pond.
The leaked emails show that the British ambassador is no fan of President Trump and his administration.
The ambassador called the Trump administration “clumsy and inept” and that his policies were “incoherent and chaotic.”
Not one to take criticism lying down, Trump fired back on Twitter and blasted the ambassador and Prime Minister Theresa May. He tweeted, “The wacky ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the
United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about the failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled.”
Trump wasn’t finished yet, he continued: “I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster! I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far.”
Trump is not one to hold back, he is always good for a quote.
This predictably riled people in Great Britain. Members of Theresa May’s cabinet spoke out against Trump’s rhetoric.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted, “Friends speak frankly so I will: these comments are disrespectful and wrong to our Prime Minister and my country. Your diplomats give their private opinions to @SecPompeo and so do ours! You said the UK/US alliance was the greatest in history and I agree… but allies need to treat each other with respect as @theresa_may has always done with you. Ambassadors are appointed by the UL government and if I become PM our Ambassador stays.”
That is unlikely to happen. Hunt is likely to lose the battle to become prime minister to former London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Johnson is friendly with Trump and would likely smooth over whatever fall out there is from this Twitter spat.
Boris Johnson has been referred to as the U.K.’s version of Donald Trump. The two would likely hit it off.
Regardless of whether Trump’s attacks against May were necessary, he was correct when he described her failure to secure a Brexit deal. The failure to pull Britain out of the European Union has cost her the office of prime minister, and it is only a matter of time until she is replaced.
This Twitter feud will likely fizzle out and our countries “special relationship” will endure. This is nothing more than fodder for the British tabloids.
Soon Hunt and May will be gone.