President Donald Trump resumed Tuesday his verbal assault on the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Washington, ridiculing the British envoy as a “pompous fool” after threatening the day before to terminate the administration’s diplomatic relationship with him.
“The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “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.”
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The social media postings mark the latest broadside by the American president against Ambassador Kim Darroch, who described Trump and his White House in stark, unflattering terms in various leaked cables to London dating back to 2017, according to British tabloid The Daily Mail.
“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,” Darroch reportedly wrote in one of the confidential memos.
Trump on Tuesday also leveled more insults against British Prime Minister Theresa May for her response to the Brexit political crisis, despite alternately criticizing and praising in recent months May’s handling of the U.K.’s planned withdrawal from the European Union.
“I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster!” Trump tweeted.
“I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool,” he wrote online. “Tell him the USA now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far … and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger…..Thank you, Mr. President!”
Speaking to reporters in New Jersey on Sunday, Trump said Darroch “has not served the U.K. well,” and asserted that his administration’s officials are “not big fans of that man.”
May’s spokesman said Monday that Downing Street had contacted the Trump administration, “setting out our view that we believe the leak is unacceptable” and calling the episode “a matter of regret,” Reuters reported.
Asked Monday whether it was interpreting Trump’s tweet as declaring Darroch persona non grata — the term used in diplomatic circles when a country wants to kick out a foreign official or prevent them from entering — the State Department referred POLITICO to the White House. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.