Trump: 'We're not big fans' of UK ambassador to US

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Published on July 7, 2019 - Duration: 00:39s

Trump: 'We're not big fans' of UK ambassador to US

President Trump criticized Britain's ambassador to the U.S., Kim Darroch after leaked memos show Darroch called Trump's administration 'dysfunctional' and 'inept.'

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Trump: 'We're not big fans' of UK ambassador to US

Britain's ambassador to the United States described President Donald Trump's administration as "dysfunctional", "clumsy" and "inept", the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported, citing a series of confidential memos.

The report drew ire from Trump, who said the British ambassador, Kim Darroch, "did not serve the UK well." In memos to the British government which date from 2017 to the present, Darroch said Trump "radiates insecurity" and advises officials in London that to deal with him effectively "you need to make your points simple, even blunt".

"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," Darroch wrote in one, according to the newspaper.

In others, the newspaper said he had described the administration as "uniquely dysfunctional" and that media reports about White House "knife fights" are "mostly true".

Speaking to reporters as he departed Morristown, New Jersey, Trump was dismissive of the report.

"We've had our little ins and outs with a couple of countries and I'd say that the UK and the ambassador has not served the UK well, I can tell you that." "We are not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well so I can understand and I can say things about him but I won't bother," Trump said, referring to Darroch.

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