The Trump Tantrum Saga : Clashes with the UK Ambassador
President Trump unleashed his vitriol against Sir Kim Darroch and Theresa May on Twitter earlier today.
There’s drama in the White House once again, and as ever, it’s being broadcast to the world in a series of tweets from the Leader of the Free World.
Here’s exactly what happened, and how it happened:
On Sunday, emails from the British ambassador to Washington, Kim Darroch, were leaked to the press. These emails had the diplomat’s detailed assessments of President Trump as “inept”, “dysfunctional”, and “radiating insecurity”. Sir Kim wondered whether this White House “will ever look competent”, but also underscored the importance of taking the President seriously.
Sir Kim has been in office since January 2016, and the released emails are dated from 2017. His assessment of the US’ stance on foreign policy was that it was incoherent and chaotic.
Trump’s Tweet Storm
Trump responded in true Trump fashion by tweeting about it -
The first half of the 18 hours since the posting of this tweet were spent debating the fate of Ambassador Darroch. Lord Hague, the former Conservative Leader and ex-foreign secretary was quoted as saying, "You would never have any honest report from any ambassador in the world if you said: 'Well, if any of their communications are released, we'll then have to remove them from their position.”
Following Trump’s tweets, Downing Street expressed support for Sir Kim, stating that while the Prime Minister did not agree with the ambassador’s assessments, she does have full faith in him. This was seen as a sharp rebuke to the messy diplomacy conducted by President Trump. The larger question, however, is to what extent Trump’s online bullying will influence the future PM of Britain into making policy and administrative decisions.
Sir Kim was due to step down in a few months time, and any pressure from Trump wouldn’t make much of a difference.
The UK has two choices at hand - Give in to Trump, bring Sir Kim home, and risk being seen as weak and succumbing to American pressure; or to defend the ambassador’s right to a fair and true assessment, and risk the deterioration of the relationship between the US and the UK.
Eloquence and articulate charm have always been his strong suits, and so we’ll let his words speak for himself:
He stepped up his tirade against both Sir Kim Darroch as well as PM Theresa May, in the face of the Prime Minister's support of the Ambassador. Additionally, Sir Kim has already been disinvited from a formal dinner at the White House with the Emir of Qatar.