Trump: ‘We won’t deal with UK ambassador’ after leaked emails

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Image caption Mr Trump also repeated his criticism of Mrs May’s handling of Brexit

US President Donald Trump has stepped up his attack on the UK’s ambassador in Washington, Sir Kim Darroch, saying “we will no longer deal with him”.

In withering comments on Twitter Mr Trump also lashed out at Theresa May, saying it was “good news” that Britain would soon have a new prime minister.

Sir Kim, in leaked emails, described President Trump’s administration as dysfunctional and inept.

Mrs May said she had “full faith” in Sir Kim but did not agree with him.

Her spokesman had described the leak as “absolutely unacceptable”, and said the prime minister’s office had made contact with the White House.

Mr Trump had already responded to the leaked emails by saying “we’re not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well”.

In Monday’s series of tweets he said Sir Kim was “not liked or well thought of within the US”.

Apparently angered by Mrs May’s support for the ambassador, he again lashed out at her handling of Brexit, describing it as “a mess”.

The US state department declined to comment on President Trump’s remarks.

What did the leaked emails say?

In the emails leaked to the Mail on Sunday, Sir Kim said: “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.”

He questioned whether this White House “will ever look competent” but also warned that the US president should not be written off.

The emails, dating from 2017, said rumours of “infighting and chaos” in the White House were mostly true and policy on sensitive issues such as Iran was “incoherent, chaotic”.

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Media captionDonald Trump: “The ambassador has not served the UK well”

Sir Kim said Mr Trump was “dazzled” by his state visit to the UK in June, but warned that his administration would remain self-interested, adding: “This is still the land of America First.”

Who is Sir Kim Darroch?

Sir Kim represents the Queen and UK government interests in the US.

Born in South Stanley, County Durham, in 1954, he attended Durham University where he read zoology.

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Image caption Sir Kim Darroch described the White House as dysfunctional

During a 42-year diplomatic career, he has specialised in national security issues and European Union policy.

In 2007, Sir Kim served in Brussels as the UK permanent representative to the EU.

He was the prime minister’s national security adviser between 2012 and 2015, dealing with issues such as the rise of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, Russian annexation of Crimea, the nuclear threat from Iran and the collapse of government authority in Libya.

He became ambassador to the US in January 2016, several months before Donald Trump became president.

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