UK offers ‘full support’ for its US envoy in Trump row

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British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government on Monday reiterated its “full support” for its ambassador to Washington after US President Donald Trump said he would no longer deal with him.

“Sir Kim Darroch continues to have the prime minister’s full support,” a spokesman said.

Trump was responding to the leak of diplomatic cables in which Darroch described the president as “inept” and his White House as “uniquely dysfunctional”.

In a series of tweets, Trump hit out at Darroch and also at May, saying she had created a “mess” over Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

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Responding, the British government spokesman said: “We have made clear to the US how unfortunate this leak is.”

“The selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship,” the spokesman said.

He said: “At the same time we have also underlined the importance of ambassadors being able to provide honest, unvarnished assessments of the politics in their country.”

The British government spokesman further said: “The UK has a special and enduring relationship with the US based on our long history and commitment to shared values and that will continue to be the case.”

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