DONALD TRUMP has stepped up the war of words over Britain’s ambassador to the US, branding him ‘wacky’ and a ‘pompous fool’.
In a series of tweets, the president said Sir Kim Darroch was a ‘very stupid guy’ who had been ‘foisted’ on the US.
And he again attacked Theresa May over Brexit, accusing her of ignoring his advice and ‘going her own foolish way’.
Mr Trump’s latest intervention came as the cabinet reiterated its support for Sir Kim following the leak of a series of diplomatic dispatches in which he branded the US administration ‘inept’.
Mr Trump said: ‘The wacky ambassador that the UK foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and prime minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled.
‘I told Theresa May how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way. A disaster!’
Mr Trump went on: ‘I don’t know the ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best economy and military anywhere in the world, by far and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger.
‘Thank you, Mr President!’
Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt branded Mr Trump’s comments ‘disrespectful and wrong’. In a tweet directed at the president’s account he said ‘allies need to treat each other with respect’ and added that if he became prime minister ‘our ambassador stays’.
Downing Street said Mrs May had ‘full confidence’ in Sir Kim, who is ‘a highly respected and dutiful public servant’.
But No.10 did admit he would not be attending a meeting between Liam Fox and Ivanka Trump. And last night US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross cancelled a meeting with Mr Fox, apparently over the row.
The foreign office has begun an inquiry into the leak and today the head of the diplomatic service, Sir Simon McDonald, will give evidence to the foreign affairs committee.