Trump Calls UK Ambassador 'Stupid Guy,' 'Pompous Fool' After Diplomatic Cable Leak

British Prime Minister Theresa May center looks over toward President Donald Trump during their joint news conference at Chequers in Buckinghamshire England Friday

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"Thank you, Mr. President", he said.

Trump's latest intervention came as the cabinet reiterated its full support for Sir Kim following the leak of a series of diplomatic dispatches in which he branded the USA administration as "inept". He turned Britain's extreme discomfort into political leverage over America's best friend.

In the emails dating from 2017 leaked to the media, Sir Kim said that reports about alleged "infighting and chaos" in the White House were no rumours but mostly a reality and policy on sensitive issues such as Iran was "incoherent, chaotic".

During a stop at the Manchester airport, Johnson told reporters he had "no embarrassment" in saying he had a good relationship with the White House.

Where other U.S. leaders might have chosen a less contentious route, Trump seeks to escalate, indulging his ruthless sense of another party's weakness. Instead, the British opened up a battle with Trump. And he rarely lets pass a chance for revenge.

Donald Trump has criticised Theresa May's "foolish" handling of Brexit, as he once again slammed Britain's "wacky" ambassador to the United States. But Britain's next ambassador, due to be appointed in 2020 when Darroch ends his four-year term, "will have to work out how he wants to handle that relationship with the White House - whether to push back or have a more behind-the-scenes role".

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Former foreign minister Johnson, a hardliner on Brexit, is the favorite to replace May in the leadership contest against Hunt.

'I've seen no evidence that that's the case, but we'll look at the leak inquiry very carefully. It's hard to see how that might be accomplished without effectively appointing a new ambassador to Washington whom Trump finds favorable.

However, the timing of the discord comes as Britain is hoping to strike a major trade deal with its closest ally after it leaves the European Union, an exit scheduled for October 31.

The leaks came just weeks after the queen hosted Trump and his family with a 41-gun salute and a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

Darroch is a known Europhile and at one time served as Britain's envoy in Brussels.

According to the left-leaning CBS, the leaked cables showed Darroch claiming Trump "radiates insecurity" and that his team at the British Embassy in Washington "don't really believe Trump's administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; ... less diplomatically clumsy and inept".

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British diplomats spent the weekend trying to contain the damage from the Mail's scoop that rocked US-UK relations. May's backing it is highly likely that his future in Washington is over, with Ms.

Fletcher says the leak was not necessarily so tactical.

Different theories are being floated about the motivation of the leaker.

On Tuesday, Mr. Darroch was expected to attend a meeting with the UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Mr. Trump's daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, the BBC reported.

Trump on Sunday called Darroch ineffective and said "he has not served the United Kingdom well". But why confirm that Darroch's communications were disparaging of Trump?

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