Leaked diplomatic cables published Sunday revealed unflattering comments from the British ambassador to the United States about the Trump administration, which he called “diplomatically clumsy and inept.”
Ambassador Kim Darroch’s critical assessment was part of several documents from 2017 to the present, which The Mail said it was given in an “unprecedented leak” that it dubbed “The Washington Files.”
Some of the most inflammatory statements from Darroch came from a June 22, 2017, briefing note on the president and his team, which was prepared for top British officials, The Mail reported.
“For a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet, President Trump radiates insecurity,” Darroch wrote in that memo.
“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 wrote.
A statement from the British Foreign Office did not dispute the documents’ authenticity and said it did not believe the “mischievious behavior” would hurt diplomatic ties with the administration.
“The British public would expect our ambassadors to provide ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country. Their views are not necessarily the views of ministers or indeed the government,” the statement said, according to The New York Times.
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