President Trump struck no blow to condemn Britain's ambassador to the United States on Sunday and said, "We are not big fans of that man" and claim he has not earned the UK good "after a leaked diplomatic cable showed ambassador secretly slamming the white house.
Ambassador Kim Darroch described the Trump administration as "diplomatically clumsy and unlucky" and said he doubted that it would be "substantially more normal" according to the cable.
The note was a of several documents published by the post on Sunday, where Darroch apparently made extremely negative statements about the government of Britain's closest allies.
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Britain's Foreign Ministry did not challenge the authenticity of the leaked documents covering the period 2017 to the present and came to Darroch's defense. said the public expected diplomats to give honest assessments of politics in the countries where they were posted.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said leaks would not harm the productive relationship between the British Government and the Trump White House. A formal investigation of the leak can be initiated in the coming days.
The government departments refused to comment on the ambassador's comments.
It is customary for senior British diplomats who are posted abroad to send simple memos to senior ministers and security services analysts home so that political trends and possible threats to British interests could be assessed, but it is unusual for many of them to become published.
"We're not big fans of that man."
Forensic Secretary David Gauke called the leak "disgraceful" but said that Britain "should expect our ambassadors to tell the truth as they see it."
The notes also highlighted Trump's policy on Iran as "incoherent, chaotic." Trump has frustrated European allies by pulling the United States from the Obama era's multinational nuclear agreement, which aims to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The Trump White House has said that the agreement only enriched a known state sponsor of terror.
The relationship between Iran and the American allies deteriorated markedly in June after a queen of an American drone, whom the United States and its allies said, was in international airspace and the apparent bombing of two tankers near Iranian territorial waters.
Last week, Iranian leaders called on the British ambassador when Tehran overthrew Britain's Thursday seizure of an Iranian tanker who believed in violating EU sanctions by giving the Syrian crude oil regime.
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Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the European nations last week that Tehran will "take the next step" to increase its uranium enrichment closer to arms quality levels, with fluttering violation of the nuclear agreement.
Darroch seems to have more doubts about the credibility of the White House. In a leaked memo, he said he did not believe in Trump's public statement to cancel a planned military strike against Iran last month due to concerns about possible civilian accidents. Instead, Darroch argued that the strike was more likely to be canceled at the last minute because Trump thought it would be a commitment in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
Darroch said there was doubt as to whether White House "will ever look competent" and that the only way to communicate with the president was to be simple and blunt.
He said that while Trump had been "dazzled" by the British side pressure on a state visit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in June, the successful visit would not lead to a fundamental shift in Trump's priorities.
"This is still America's America first," he wrote.
Former Foreign Minister Malcolm Rifkind said in an interview on Sunday that the contents of the leaked cables were not surprising or cumbersome, but that he was concerned that such a large cache of embassy documents had been made available to the newspaper.
"I'm not disturbed by what the ambassador said," Rifkind said. "He did his job right, and for the most part I agreed with his comments."
As notes and telegrams date back to 2017, "not many people have had access to all the documents, and it could help them track who was responsible," he said.
Darroch's views may lead to something awkward, especially since Trump said shortly after the 2016 election, that Brexiteer Nigel Farage would make an excellent British ambassador to the United States.
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Trump has not hesitated to inject himself into Britain's political scams and repeatedly criticizes Prime Minister Theresa Bay's Brexit negotiating strategy and commends both Farage and former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, a strong contender to become the next prime minister.
Fox News & # 39; Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.