The teacher: Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s Ambassador to the United States.
The lesson, as reported by Isabel Oakeshott, for London’s Daily Mail:
Britain’s Ambassador to Washington has described Donald Trump as ‘inept’, ‘insecure’ and ‘incompetent’ in a series of explosive memos to Downing Street.
Sir Kim Darroch, one of Britain’s top diplomats, used secret cables and briefing notes to impugn Trump’s character, warning London that the White House was ‘uniquely dysfunctional’ and that the President’s career could end in ‘disgrace’.
In the memos, seen by The Mail on Sunday following an unprecedented leak, Sir Kim:
- Describes bitter conflicts within Trump’s White House – verified by his own sources – as ‘knife fights’;
- Warns that Trump could have been indebted to ‘dodgy Russians’;
- Claims the President’s economic policies could wreck the world trade system;
- Says the scandal-hit Presidency could ‘crash and burn’ and that ‘we could be at the beginning of a downward spiral… that leads to disgrace and downfall’;
- Voices fears that Trump could still attack Iran.
The letter grade for this course? T – as in Darroch is toast. I see no way he can possibly continue in his current position.
And extra credit to whomever finds out the source of Darroch’s cables and briefing notes.
Too bad that source didn’t also provide us with any basis for Darroch’s rantings.
What “dodgy Russians”, for example, does he know about that Robert Mueller and his all-Democrat staff couldn’t find in two years of searching?
And what scandals will crash and burn the administration?
We don’t know, do we?
But maybe Mr. Trump can apologize for wrecking the world trade system… by daring to insist that the United States achieves something remotely approaching tariff equity with China, Canada and Mexico – among others – as well as insisting that the NATO countries not paying their share of the organization’s costs all these years finally pony up.
If you’re waiting for that apology – the one that says “We’re sorry for not being suckers anymore” – I expect you’ll have a long wait. A deservedly long one.
I guarantee you’ll wait a lot less time for Sir Kim to be called back the the UK.