DONALD TRUMP has said he will ‘no longer deal with’ Britain’s ambassador to the US, whose private criticisms of him have been leaked.
The president (above) unleashed a series of furious tweets after learning that our man in Washington Sir Kim Darroch (below) thought he was ‘insecure’ and ‘inept’.
His response to the leak of confidential memos also included a potshot at Theresa May, who has said she has ‘full faith’ in the diplomat.
‘I have been very critical about the way the UK and Theresa May handled Brexit,’ Mr Trump wrote. ‘What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way.’
The president added: ‘I do not know the ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the US.
‘We will no longer deal with him. The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new prime minister.’
Sir Kim wrote in the leaked memos that the president and ‘Trump whisperers’ close to him had been impressed during his state visit to Britain. And Mr Trump, who was welcomed to Downing Street by Mrs May, tweeted: ‘While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent state visit, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!’
Meanwhile, international trade secretary Liam Fox called for the person who leaked the memos to the press to be disciplined and potentially prosecuted.
With a foreign office investigation to find the leaker under way, the minister said revealing the candid secret comments had been ‘malicious’, ‘unprofessional’, ‘unethical’ and ‘unpatriotic’.
He told the BBC: ‘This is such a potentially damaging event that I hope the full force of our internal discipline, or even the law, will come down on whoever actually carried out this particular act.
‘I think it is unconscionable that any professional person in either politics or the civil service can behave in this way.’
Dr Fox said he would use a meeting with Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka, a White House adviser, to apologise for the ambassador’s comments. But he defended Sir Kim, saying he is ‘held in high regard’ stateside.
He added: ‘It’s not a problem with the ambassador. This is a problem with the ethics of the individual who carried out this particular leak.’
The memos made public included Sir Kim’s comment in 2017 that media reports of ‘vicious in-fighting and chaos’ at the White House were ‘mostly true’ despite the president downplaying it.
Over alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, he wrote ‘the worst cannot be ruled out’.
He told officials that when addressing Mr Trump: ‘You need to make your points simple, even blunt.’