UK ministers defend ambassador to U.S. while apologizing for his views on Trump getting leaked

By | July 8, 2019

 

Reuters reports:

Britain’s trade minister said on Monday he would apologize to U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka for a leak of confidential memos in which the UK ambassador describes the U.S. administration as “dysfunctional” and “inept”. [Continue reading…]

The Guardian reports:

Britain’s ambassador to the US has done nothing wrong and is held in high regard, the international trade secretary, Liam Fox, has said following the leak of confidential internal memos that gave an unflattering portrait of Donald Trump.

The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, added that while he did not agree with all of Kim Darroch’s comments, it was vital that diplomatic staff “feel that they are able to express those frank views”.

The US president said Darroch had “not served the UK well” by dispatching memos to officials in London in which Trump’s White House was described as “uniquely dysfunctional” and “inept”.

Fox said he was “really appalled” by the leak, in which selections of Darroch’s comments in a series of briefings sent to London over the past two years were published in the Mail on Sunday.

Criticising the leaker, he said: “They’re unprofessional, they’re unethical, and they’re unpatriotic.” [Continue reading…]

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