US President Donald Trump has criticised the UK ambassador in Washington for saying in leaked emails that his administration was “inept”.
Mr. Trump said: “The ambassador has not served the UK well.”
Emails from Sir Kim Darroch said Mr. Trump’s White House was “uniquely dysfunctional” and “divided”.
British trade secretary Liam Fox told the BBC the leak was “unprofessional, unethical and unpatriotic”.
He said that whoever released the emails had “maliciously” undermined the defence and security relationship with the US, “the most important global relationship that we have”.
Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is in contention for the prime ministerial job, criticized the leak, but insisted that Sir Kim’s views didn’t represent those of the UK government.
Meanwhile, outgoing prime minister, Theresa May, said on Monday that she has “full faith” in the embattled UK ambassador.
Mrs. May said although she did not agree with Sir Kim’s assessment, the leak was “absolutely unacceptable”, adding that Number 10 Downing Street had made contact with the White House.