British Government Stands Behind Ambassador Who Called Donald Trump 'Incompetent' and 'Insecure'
A spokesperson for the British government has defended the country's ambassador to the U.S. after leaked cables revealed that the diplomat had called President Donald Trump "inept," "insecure" and "incompetent," saying that the White House was "uniquely dysfunctional" under the current administration.
British tabloid The Daily Mail first reported the comments by Ambassador Kim Darroch on Saturday and they were later confirmed by CNN. Responding publicly with an official statement, a spokesperson for the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office argued that the diplomat had acted correctly in providing an "honest" assessment of the current American administration.
"The British public would expect our ambassadors to provide ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country," the spokesperson said, Politico reported Sunday. "Their views are not necessarily the views of ministers or indeed the government. But we pay them to be candid. Just as the U.S. Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities."