Diplomatic cables sent from the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States back to London describe President Donald Trump as inept, insecure and incompetent, a UK government official confirmed Saturday to CNN. While foreign envoys of all nations are often candid in classified dispatches back home, there are periodic episodes when such assessments leak, causing great political embarrassment. Months of efforts by the ambassador, Kim Darroch and his diplomats to build ties and trust with Trump and his political acolytes will be undermined.
Diplomats are masters of discretion, subtlety and finesse, when meeting face-to-face with dictators and tyrants they are courteous, polite, and well diplomatic. Remember when Donald Trump convened his first full Cabinet meeting since taking office and the heads of very major government agency lavished praise on their boss? That’s how diplomats treat even the most ruthless heads of state, they must swallow their tongues and their pride. A diplomat would address the Antichrist himself as worthy opponent of the Almighty, and as the distinguished ambassador of Satan.
The British government released the following statement:
“The British public would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country. Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the government. But we pay them to be candid. Just as the US Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities.”
Ambassadors are the epitome of civility and discretion when interacting with foreign officials, but when reporting back home to government officials they are expected to be brutally honest. I’m convinced that there isn’t a single foreign ambassador who hasn’t told his superiors back home that Trump is a fucking moron who’s clueless about geopolitics.
Journalists aren’t diplomats and it’s incumbent upon them to be candid and unbiased when reporting on the Trump administration. And as for opinion columnists and bloggers, we are free to render our opinions, and my opinion is that Trump is a pathological liar, serial predator, blithering idiot and life-long racist.