So, in a series of tweets today, Trump went and demonstrated for all the world that the UK Ambassador to the United States was being kind when he merely called Trump inept, incompetent and insecure:
The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was..
…handled. I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster! I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far…
….and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger…..Thank you, Mr. President!
The message here — from Trump’s own fat thumbs, unless he dictates these inane and childish burblings — is far more damaging than anything said in the leaked cables. It is that the President of the United States is a clown, a bully and a raging narcissist who won’t hesitate to shit on his “friends,” so there’s not really much point in kissing his fat orange ass like PM May did. I hope she didn’t have to twist too many arms to arrange the state visit.
None of this is new information, of course, but it’s yet another national embarrassment.
Although I assume that Tories who are in the running for May’s job are uniformly odious wank-monsters, this reply from Jeremy Hunt seemed on point:
1/2 @realDonaldTrump friends speak frankly so I will: these comments are disrespectful and wrong to our Prime Minister and my country. Your diplomats give their private opinions to @SecPompeo and so do ours! You said the UK/US alliance was the greatest in history and I agree…
2/2…but allies need to treat each other with respect as @theresa_may has always done with you. Ambassadors are appointed by the UK government and if I become PM our Ambassador stays.
So far, it looks like Boris Johnson is bravely keeping mum. Haven’t heard about reactions from any others gunning for May’s job.
How is this playing across the pond, UK and UK media-following jackals? I seem to recall an entire Hugh Grant rom-com with the premise of a PM standing up to a bullying American president. Could Trump’s oafishness create an opportunity for a candidate willing to stand up to him, either Hunt or preferably someone who’s not right-wing douche-canoe?
Otherwise, open thread!