WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Monday that he will no longer deal with the British ambassador to the United States, who called him "insecure" and "incompetent," among other things.
"I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S.," Trump said in a pair of midday tweets. "We will no longer deal with him."
Over the weekend, The Daily Mail newspaper, citing leaked documents, reported that Ambassador Kim Darroch described Trump as “inept” and “uniquely dysfunctional." He said Trump’s presidency could “crash and burn” and “end in disgrace."
The office of British Prime Minister Theresa May sent out a statement of support for Darroch – and defended his right to speak his mind.
Citing the United Kingdom's "special and enduring relationship" with the United States, the British statement said, "we have made clear to the US how unfortunate this leak is. The selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship."
The statement added: "At the same time, we have also underlined the importance of Ambassadors being able to provide honest, unvarnished assessments of the politics in their country."
In his tweets, Trump suggested there may be a new British ambassador to the United States in any event – the United Kingdom is in the process of selecting a new prime minister to replace the soon-to-resign May.
Trump took a dig at May in his tweets as he referenced his recent visit to the United Kingdom.
"While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent State Visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!" Trump said.
Andrew Overton, a former spokesman for the British embassy in the U.S., defended Darroch, saying on Twitter that he is in fact "well liked" by the Trump administration, and "played a key role" in the state visit that Trump enjoyed so much.
"What is most concerning," Overton tweeted, "is that President continues to dismiss the value of diplomacy, denigrate our allies, and erode international norms."
Fact check: @KimDarroch is well-liked by the Trump administration and played a key role in the State Visit that the President liked so much. He's also an excellent diplomat that did some fo the finest reporting on US politics that I saw during my time in the @foreignoffice. https://t.co/KeAIOB1XuU— Andrew Overton (@AROverton) July 8, 2019
I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2019
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