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USA – Britain: end to "special relations"?

The British Ambassador in Washington declared the powerlessness of the Trump administration

USA – Britain: end to "special relations"?

There seems to be a serious conflict in relations between the US and Britain. The day before, it became known that since 2017 Ambassador of the United Kingdom to America Kim Darroch had been calling the current US President Donald Trump's administration "incompetent and helpless" in reports to the Foreign Office, while the head of state himself was referred to as "inept".

At the same time, the top-ranking British diplomat brought out an opinion that Trump's presidency may "lead to disgrace." Darroch called the internal confrontation between the current US President, his administration and Congress "knife fights", with a split unlikely to be averted.

Initially, similar information was provided by the British Daily Mail newspaper which published excerpts from reports Darroch allegedly sent to his immediate superiors at the Foreign Office in London. Kim writes: "We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept."

Subsequently, this information was confirmed by the American CNN TV channel, referring to sources from among the British officials. Of course the channel, being one of the main Trump opponents, could not help but catch up this bombshell and once again "sting" the current US president.

After that, a huge scandal erupted that might have a major impact on relations between Washington and London. President Trump said he would no longer deal with British Ambassador Darroch. "We will no longer deal with him," he wrote on Twitter. Moreover, the American leader also criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May, which he had never done before. At that, Trump touched upon the British Prime Minister's policy regarding her country's withdrawal from the European Union. "I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created."

In her turn, Theresa May expressed solidarity with the British envoy to the United States. According to the Sky Newsсо TV channel, sir Darroch "continues to have the Prime Minister's full support." The Foreign Office tried to justify the ambassador as well, saying that the department's personnel should speak frankly, but the ministers' viewpoint may not coincide with theirs. In general, all of them tried to smooth the waters, but the information aggression machine had already been launched. And this may severely damage the British-American relations. Especially in view of London's desire to leave the EU, when it will only have one key ally left, the main sponsor and patron – Washington, whose opinion has always been respected in Great Britain and whose instructions London always sought to follow. 

It is worth noticing here that the criticism of sir Darroch is far from being the first insult to the American President. There were others, more than one. Suffice it to recall that London Mayor Sadiq Khan called Trump a fascist and "one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat." However, the American President usually doesn't leave such words unanswered. When having arrived in London with a visit in June this year, he said Sadiq "has done a terrible job as Mayor of London" and is a "stone-cold loser." He criticized the politician for being aggressive towards the President of the United States, a country being Britain's major ally.

One cannot but recall the information conflict between Donald Trump and British Prince Harry's wife Megan Markle. As you know, she used to live in the United States. During the 2016 presidential elections the Duchess voted for Hillary Clinton, not for Trump whom she called a woman-hater. When the American president arrived to London, she refused to attend a dinner party to honor him, referring to her maternity leave. Here Trump did not remain silent either and recalled Markle's earlier statements and actions, calling her "nasty."

It seems that partly it was Donald Trump himself who gave the British an opportunity to say unflattering things about him. A long time ago had he created a showman line of character and did not therefore miss a single scandal. After becoming president, he did not give up this role, making people perceive him in a really different way rather than a politician and a head of state.

Is there any use to wait for a cooling of US-UK relations? It is certainly difficult to unambiguously answer this question with full confidence. Anything is possible. British conservatism may not withstand American insolence, and Trump himself may run out of patience. He can easily impose sanctions, as he does against the EU, or take some other thoughtless steps. So shall we wait for the future to show.

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