Queen Elizabeth II, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, from left, attend an event to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England Wednesday, June 5, 2019. World leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump are gathering Wednesday on the south coast of England to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
In newly leaked diplomatic memos sent to the British Foreign Commonwealth Office, British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Kim Darroch delivers some nasty blows to President Trump and his administration. He wrote, “As seen from here, 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.” In fact, it’s a real possibility that “his career could end in disgrace.”
The memos were obtained by The Daily Mail and a UK official confirmed their authenticity to CNN.
The author wrote that this type of leak is “unprecedented” (I wonder about that) and worries that these “bombshell comments risk angering the notoriously thin-skinned President and undermining the UK’s ‘special relationship’ with America.”
According to The Daily Mail, Sir Kim:
Writes that, “for a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet, President Trump radiates insecurity.”
Describes bitter conflicts within Trump’s White House – verified by his own sources – as “knife fights.”
Warns that Trump could have been indebted to “dodgy Russians.”
Claims the President’s economic policies could wreck the world trade system.
Says the scandal-hit Presidency could “crash and burn” and that “we could be at the beginning of a downward spiral… that leads to disgrace and downfall.”
Says Trump spends his days in the Oval Office asking his White House team, Cabinet members and senior Republicans for their opinions “on the business of the moment.”
Reports about “vicious infighting and chaos” in the White House — which Trump has dismissed as “fake news” — are “mostly true.”
The ambassador called Trump’s Iran policy “incoherent and chaotic” and said, “Its unlikely that US policy on Iran is going to become more coherent any time soon. This is a divided Administration.” He worries that “Trump could still attack Iran.”
On the President’s June 18th rally in Orlando, FL to kick-off his campaign for reelection, Sir Kim reported that Trump had “electrified an audience of 20,000 supporters” adding that “the audience was a sea of the now iconic red MAGA [Make American Great Again] caps. The crowd looked almost exclusively white, with a pretty even mix of men and women, young and old: there were families in every stand. For some, attending had meant a long wait in 30C heat and humidity.”
Sir Kim wrote that he “breathed a sigh of relief” when Trump and Melania boarded Air Force One. “Their State visit to the UK was finally over and, despite minor hiccups, it had been a resounding success.”
He described Trump’s meeting with Prince Charles as “cordial” and added that the two had “hit it off – surprisingly…I think the Prince of Wales, despite differing views on climate change, established an open and easy relationship with the President.”
Despite the negative tone of his remarks about Trump, he advised officials not to write him off. Although “mired in scandal most of his life, Trump could still emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like [Arnold] Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator.”
The British FCO issued the following statement about the leaked documents:
The British public would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country.
Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the government. But we pay them to be candid. Just as the US Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities.
Of course we would expect such advice to be handled by Ministers and civil servants in the right way and it’s important that our Ambassadors can offer their advice and for it remain confidential. Our team in Washington have strong relations with the White House and no doubt that these will withstand such mischievous behavior.