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Britain’s Ambassador to Washington has described Donald Trump as ‘inept’, ‘insecure’ and ‘incompetent’ in a series of explosive memos to Downing Street.
Sir Kim Darroch, one of Britain’s top diplomats, used secret cables and briefing notes to impugn Trump’s character, warning London that the White House was ‘uniquely dysfunctional’ and that the President’s career could end in ‘disgrace’.
His bombshell comments risk angering the notoriously thin-skinned President and undermining the UK’s ‘special relationship’ with America.
In one of the most sensitive documents, Sir Kim writes:  ‘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.’
He also says that he doesn’t think Trump’s White House will ‘ever look competent’.
In reference to Trump’s ability to shrug off controversies in a life which has been ‘mired in scandal’, he says that the President may nonetheless ’emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like [Arnold] Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator’.
The document, sent ahead of a National Security Council discussion on the UK-US relationship, paints a damning picture of the President’s personality and leadership style.
It says media reports of ‘vicious infighting and chaos’ inside the White House – dismissed by Trump as ‘fake news’ – are ‘mostly true’.
And referring to allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia – since largely disproved – the memo says:  ‘The worst cannot be ruled out.’
The Foreign Office last night said that the British public ‘would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their countries’.
A spokesman added:  ‘Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the Government.  But we pay them to be candid, just as the US Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities.
‘Of course we would expect such advice to be handled by Ministers and civil servants in the right way and it’s important that our Ambassadors can offer their advice and for it remain confidential.
‘Our team in Washington have strong relations with the White House and no doubt that these will withstand such mischievous behaviour.’
In the confidential memo – marked ‘Official Sensitive’ – the UK’s most important diplomat accused Trump of ‘radiating insecurity’, filling his speeches with ‘false claims and invented statistics’ and achieving ‘almost nothing’ in terms of domestic policy.
Earlier, Sedwill had sent Sir Kim an outline presentation for the meeting.  Sir Kim thought the slides ‘looked good’.  There was just one point he felt he needed to correct:  ‘My only disagreement with the slides:  I don’t think this Administration will ever look competent,’ he declared.
And while the President would deride media stories about such chaos as ‘fake news’, Sir Kim privately advised his bosses in London to believe what they were reading in the newspapers .  ‘The stories about White House knife fights are, we judge, mostly true:  multiple sources and confirmed by our own White House contacts.  This is a uniquely dysfunctional environment.’  He warned Whitehall to be braced for more presidential outbursts including the use of ‘immoderate, sometimes offensive, language’, like his attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
‘There is no filter,’ Darroch advised.  ‘And we could also be at the beginning of a downward spiral, rather than just a rollercoaster:  something could emerge that leads to disgrace and downfall.’
But while warning Whitehall that Trump’s White House could collapse under the weight of scandal, he also urged the British Government not to write Trump off.
The President, he noted, has been mired in scandal most of his life but has always survived.
The above (extensive) excerpts were taken from a newspaper article titled:  “Britain’s man in the US says Trump is ‘inept’:  Leaked secret cables from ambassador say the President is ‘uniquely dysfunctional and his career could end in disgrace’
The article was written by:  Isabel Oakeshott
The article appears in:  “The Mail On Sunday
Published:  17:01 EDT, 6 July 2019 | Updated:  04:29 EDT, 7 July 2019
The following link is to the entire article:
[I would encourage everyone to read the article in full to better understand the background of the diplomat and the story itself.  Portions of the article appear in multiple locations.  This article is the original source material.    —    kmab]
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