U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called British ambassador Kim Darroch "a very stupid guy," a new taunt aimed at undercutting the envoy's assessment that Trump is "inept" and "incompetent."
"The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with," Trump said on Twitter.
The U.S. leader said Darroch, Britain's top diplomat in Washington since 2016, "should speak to his country, and Prime Minister [Theresa] May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled. 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 added, "I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far."
Within hours, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt rebuked Trump, telling him that his comments about May and Britain were "disrespectful and wrong." Hunt said that if he becomes the British prime minister when May leaves office at the end of the month, he will retain Darroch as ambassador to Washington.
Hunt said U.S. diplomats stationed overseas "give their private opinions" to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, just as British envoys report back to London. "But allies need to treat each other with respect" as May "has always done with you."
Trump on Monday said he would "no longer deal" with Darroch, claiming "he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S."
Later in the day, a White House official confirmed reports that Darroch was uninvited from a dinner that U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was hosting with Trump and the emir of Qatar.
Source : VOA