Leaked cables of conversations between the British ambassador to the United States and UK government have thrown fresh light on the chaos that is the White House under President Trump.
Sir Kim Darroch, who has now resigned after a series of diplomatic cables between him and 10 Downing Street were leaked, where he called the Trump administration “inept”, “clumsy” and “uniquely dysfunctional”. His decision to resign came on the back of US President Donald Trump saying that the White House would no longer deal with Darroch.
The cables which were leaked to the Daily Mail newspaper revealed that Darroch warned the UK government about Trump, opining the US President’s “career could end in disgrace”. Darroch had shed light on conflicts within the White House, describing them as “knife fights.”
Trump comes back at Darroch on Twitter
Trump branded Darroch a “wacky” and “very stupid guy” in a series of tweets in the aftermath. Trump also hit out at outgoing UK PM Theresa May, calling her handling of Brexit as “a disaster!”.
Further, the invitation to Darroch for a dinner with President Trump, the Emir of Qatar and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was retracted post the leaks. Darroch himself pulled out of a scheduled meeting with Ivanka Trump and UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.
UK PM hopeful Jeremy Hunt, who is competing against Trump-endorsed Boris Johnson called the US President’s comments hypocritical and said he would reinstate Darroch if he becomes Britain’s PM.
Truth about Trump’s White House is not new
Such revelations about President Donald Trump’s administration are not new. The chaotic atmosphere and dysfunctional administration have been comprehensively covered by authors Bob Woodward and Michael Wolff in best-sellers.
Similar sentiments are regularly addressed in a Washington Post column by conservative military historian and CNN analyst Max Boot. In 2018, top management experts acknowledged that no large company in America runs like Donald Trump’s White House.
Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business who authored the book ‘Dying for a Paycheck’ had opined, “If a corporate leader tried to do what Trump does, he would probably get fired.”
How this affects US-UK ‘special relationship’
The truth about ineptness is not new, but the leaked cables puts stress on an already deteriorating US-UK relationship. The ties which have been ‘special’ from the time when British PM Winston Churchill coined the phrase in 1946.
The relationship is now almost obsolete. Trump never hesitates in hitting out at British leaders. He has on multiple occasions been disrespectful towards UK PM May. Trump had once tweeted, “I have been very critical about the way the UK and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created.”
Although UK’s next PM hopeful and current Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is in Trump’s good books, the sentiment from the US President could change over time. A similar scenario was noted with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whom Trump initially called a ‘world-class player’, but changed that to ‘dumb as a rock’ when Tillerson was fired.
By: Chitresh Sehgal, Senior Editor, Dkoding Media