Trump calls British ambassador to US 'a very stupid guy'

British Ambassador Kim Darroch speaks at the British Embassy in Washington D.C. Oct. 20 2017

"Tell him the us now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far. and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger", reads his Twitter attack.

"I don't share the ambassador's assessment of either the U.S. administration or relations with the USA administration, but I do defend his right to make that frank assessment and it's very important that our diplomats all over the world continue to be able to do so", Hunt said. "We have made clear to the United States how unfortunate this leak is". But we pay them to be candid.

In the memos, obtained by The Mail On Sunday, Sir Kim suggested that in order to communicate with the president "you need to make your points simple, even blunt".

A day after declaring the United States would "no longer deal with" the British ambassador who disparaged his administration, President Trump lobbed several personal insults at him on Twitter.

Earlier, Johnson said he had a good relationship with the Trump White House and noted that he himself had criticised May's Brexit strategy.

"Sir Kim continues to have the prime minister's full support", the spokesperson told Reuters.

"I have been very critical about the way the United Kingdom and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit", he said.

"What a mess she and her representatives have created".

"I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done". "I think it's very important that we have a strong relationship with our most important ally", he said.

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Trump then combined his criticism of Darroch with a broadside at May, chiding her for failing to get her Brexit deal through Parliament. "While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent state visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!"

The diplomatic bust up is the latest in a rocky relationship between the key allies since President Trump took office. I mean, it looks like we're on the precipice of having a brand-new prime minister.

It has also raised questions over how sensitive information found its way to the media.

After all, the ambassador was only doing his job - providing blunt assessments of a foreign government to his superiors back home.

Former Foreign Secretary William Hague told the BBC the government was right to back Sir Kim.

He also again attacked Theresa May over Brexit, accusing her of ignoring his advice and "going her own foolish way". You either boot him out of the country, or you button it.

But he said ambassadors needed to be able to provide honest assessments of the politics in their country, and the prime minister stood by Kim.

Despite Downing Street's backing of the ambassador, British officials concede privately that their top diplomat in Washington will have to be replaced soon, if the political fallout from the cables is to be contained, and to avoid any lasting damage to Anglo-American relations.

He was responding to a broadside by Trump against both May's government and Darroch, triggered by the leak of unflattering diplomatic cables written by the British envoy.

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