The United Kingdom regrets the leak of memos that consider the Trump administration inept
LONDON: Britain said on Monday it had contacted Washington to express regret over the leaking of confidential memos in which its ambassador described the administration of US President Donald Trump as dysfunctional and inept.
The ambassador memorandums in Washington were reported to a Sunday newspaper, which bothered Trump and embarrassed London.
The Trump administration was contacted, expressing our opinion that we believe the leak is unacceptable, Prime Minister spokeswoman Theresa May told reporters. It is, of course, I regret that this has happened.
Trade Minister Liam Fox, who visits Washington, told BBC Radio he would apologize to Trump's daughter, Ivanka, with whom he will meet.
I will apologize for the fact that our civil service or the elements of our political class have not lived up to the expectations we have or the United States has about their behavior, which in this particular case has expired in an extraordinary way. And in an unacceptable way, he said.
Malicious filtering of this nature (...) can cause damage to that relationship, which may affect our broader security interest.
The revelations come at a time when Britain hopes to achieve a major trade agreement with its closest ally after it leaves the European Union, an exit currently scheduled for October 31.
Trump told reporters of Darroch: 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 will not bother.
I do not share evaluation
In confidential reports to his government dating from 2017 to the present, Darroch said that reports of in-fighting in the White House were mostly true and last month they described the confusion within the administration over Trump's decision to cancel a military attack on Iran.
We do not really believe that this Administration becomes substantially more normal, less dysfunctional, less unpredictable, less fractionated by factions, less diplomatically awkward and inept, Darroch wrote in a note.
The ministers said the government did not agree with Darroch, although May's spokeswoman said she had full faith in him.
Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, one of the two men who could replace May at the end of the month, said: I made it clear that I do not share the assessment of the ambassador of the US administration. UU Or the relations with the administration of the EE. UU., But I defend your right to make that frank evaluation.
He promised grave consequences to whoever leaked the memos, and told reporters: What we will not allow to happen is an interruption in the excellent relationship we have with the United States, which is our closest ally all over the world.
Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party and long a thorn in British governments, said that figures like Darroch would not be present if former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, the other candidate seeking to replace May, was elected by the conservative Members of the party
Despite being close to Trump, Farage refused to become Britain's next ambassador to Washington.
I do not think he's the right man for that job, he told the BBC radio.
An investigation is now underway to determine who was behind the second serious disclosure of confidential material this year. May's spokesperson said that if there was evidence of criminality, then the police would be involved.
Two months ago, May fired Defense Minister Gavin Williamson after secret discussions at the National Security Council about the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei leaked to the media, and an investigation concluded that he was responsible.
Williamson denied any involvement and the police said there was no reason for a criminal investigation.