President Trump announced Monday that the U.S. will “no longer deal” with the British ambassador to the United States, after leaked diplomatic cables showed the ambassador secretly slamming Trump in frank and personal terms.
The extraordinary development seemingly rendered Britain’s representative to the U.S. a persona non grata for the first time in more than a century. And it came amid reports that the ambassador, Kim Darroch, is actually popular among some White House officials.
“I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S.,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We will no longer deal with him.”
On Sunday, Trump called Darroch ineffective and implied he wasn’t even worth responding to.
“We’ve had our little ins and outs with a couple of countries, and I would say that the U.K. — their ambassador has not served the U.K. well, I can tell you that,” Trump told reporters. “We are not big fans of that man, and he has not served the U.K. well. So, I can understand it and I can say things about him, but I won’t bother.”
Trump also tweeted Monday: “I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way.”
He later added…
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