Trump says United Kingdom ambassador 'a very stupid guy'

Donald Trump berated Theresa May's handling of Brexit negotiations

It would not be a surprise if the new British Prime Minister finds a way to quietly finesse his departure before then.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is also in the race to become Britain's next prime minister, said he did not agree with all the views expressed by Darroch, and insisted that Britain had the warmest of relationships with Washington. "The selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship".

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"It was clearly somebody who set out deliberately to sabotage Sir Kim's ambassadorship, to make his position untenable and to have him replaced by somebody more congenial to the leaker", he told BBC radio.

Another memo revealed Sir Kim didn't "really believe [Trump's] administration is going to be substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept".

Trump also criticized May for failing to get her deal on leaving the European Union through Parliament.

Darroch has served as Britain's envoy in Washington since 2016.

"Your diplomats give their private opinions to @SecPompeo and so do ours!"

Over the course of two days, the United States president has fired off a series of Twitter messages describing ambassador Sir Kim Darroch as "wacky" and "pompous" and the Prime Minister's conduct of Brexit as "foolish" and a "disaster".

At the same time, May's government has made it clear it's backing him.

He said the USA leader "radiates insecurity" and his team were "dazzled" by the state visit to the United Kingdom in which President Trump's four adult children joined him at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

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And by replacing Darroch, the British government would be playing right into the hands of a leaker, who must have left British diplomats overseas uncertain whether their critical memos about foreign leaders will end up in the newspapers.

Handling the fallout of a major diplomatic spat with Britain's most important foreign ally will be an early headache for either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, who are vying to replace Theresa May as premier and will nearly certainly face questions on the matter at a televised debate later Tuesday.

His tone contrasts with that of his rival, Boris Johnson.

"I, and I alone will decide who takes politically sensitive jobs such as ambassador to the U.S.", Johnson said in the debate.

The messages had been intended for the eyes of a few British officials only, but were publicized as part of a trove of diplomatic communications leaked by The Daily Mail on July 6.

The release of the British cables came just a month after a state visit by Trump that included a 41-gun salute welcome at Buckingham Palace and a banquet dinner with the queen.

But there are still concerns in the corridors of power in London about the possible fallout from the cables amid fears that what has been published so far is a small amount of what was leaked.

That could enrage the U.S. leader, they U.S. President.

In his tweets, Trump also targeted outgoing May and her approach to Brexit.

"@realDonaldTrump friends speak frankly so I will: these comments are disrespectful and wrong to our Prime Minister and my country", he wrote.

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