The British ambassador to the United States described the White House as “uniquely dysfunctional,” told his counterparts back home that President Trump was “inept” and “insecure,” and warned that his administration could collapse in “disgrace”, Washington Post reported.
In a cache of leaked diplomatic cables dating from 2017 to the present, Sir Kim Darroch worried Trump might be in debt to “dodgy Russians.” He also said Trump could wreck the world trade system and that his administration might go to war with Iran.
In one cable, the ambassador wrote: “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.”
Excerpts from the briefs and memos were published late Saturday by the Mail on Sunday, a British tabloid, under a banner headline that described the cache of documents as a “bombshell.”
The British news media, including the state-supported BBC, then picked up the news, the Post added.
The British Foreign Office called the leak “mischievous.” A British official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, confirmed the authenticity of the cables.
“The British public would expect our ambassadors to provide ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. “Their views are not necessarily the views of ministers or indeed the government. But we pay them to be candid. Just as the U.S. ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities.”