The British government is defending its ambassador to the United States following reports of leaked memos in which he described President Trump as “inept” and “incompetent” and his administration as “dysfunctional.”
The leaked memos, first obtained by The Daily Mail, were reportedly sent by Ambassador Kim Darroch to the British Foreign Commonwealth Office.
“The British public would expect our ambassadors to provide ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country,” a spokesperson for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement Saturday, according to reports. “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.”
“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,” the spokesperson continued, adding that Britain’s “team in Washington have strong relations with the White House and no doubt that these will withstand such mischievous behavior.”
In one of the secret diplomatic cables obtained by The Daily Mail, Darroch allegedly wrote: “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.”
The Daily Mail reports that Darroch made the scathing remarks about Trump in a series of secret diplomatic cables between 2017 and now. CNN later confirmed the Daily Mail’s report.
Neither the White House nor the State Department immediately responded to a request for comment.