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DIPLOMATIC CRISIS (UK/USA)
There’s been a LEAK! Two articles today in the Daily Mail by Isabel Oakeshott, laying out content of communications between Kim Darroch (the UK Ambassador to the US) and the Mark Seawall (UK Cabinet Secretary) marked ‘Official Sensitive’ which slanders President Trump. The memos (sent between 2017 (150 days into 45’s Presidency and as recently as June 2019) were sent to a 'strictly limited' number of senior figures in the UK Govt. Darroch's analysis of POTUS is distorted, deceptive and mocking. Nigel Farage has called for them to be sacked, Sunday must be a good day to be fired?
1. Sir Mark Sedgewill: (British National Security advisor and currently powerful and influential Cabinet Secretary) He asked for Darroch’s views on POTUS’ ‘personality and leadership style.’ He agreed with it except for one thing, claiming ‘I don't think this Administration will ever look competent,’.
2. Sir Kim Darroch: (Britain’s Ambassador to the US) Oh the irony - according to the Washingtonian he ‘keeps his phone in a Union Jack case, and it plays Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy” when it rings’ and enjoys his chauffeur driven Bentley
3. Isabelle Oakeshott: (article author/highly educated journalist/commen
SUMMARY QUOTES FROM BOTH ARTICLES
Darroch devised a 3-POINT PLAN to get a handle on ‘this most unpredictable of Presidents.’
’It’s important to 'flood the zone': you want as many as possible of those who Trump consults to give him the same answer,' he wrote. 'So we need to be creative in using all the channels available to us through our relationships with his Cabinet, the White House staff, and our contacts among his outside friends.'
‘Sir Kim boasted’ that many of POTUS’ ‘friends have been 'cultivated' by the British,’
‘But, crucially, the diplomat also highlighted how the President spends his evenings phoning’ many of these ‘friends outside the administration 'seeking reinforcement or a different take’.’
Theresa May should call Trump more often, stressing 'there is no consistently reliable substitute for the personal phone call from the Prime Minister'.
'The President respects and likes her,' he added. 'I know they have already talked several times. But in a perfect world, they would be speaking two or three times a month, if not more.’
C) FALSE FLATTERY
‘The diplomat's third pointer was to urge Britain's politicians and officials to use flattery and to pander to the President's ego when they come into contact with him.’…’You need to start praising him for something that he's done recently,' he advised. 'You need whenever possible to present them as wins for him.' In comments which could be viewed as highly patronising, Sir Kim also advised his bosses to make their points 'simple' and 'even blunt', adding: 'as a senior White House adviser told me, there is no upside with this President in being subtle, let alone ambiguous.’
The UK should criticise the President, 'provided we are careful’…'Arguably, you get more respect from this President if you stand up to him occasionally – provided the public comments do not come as a surprise and are judicious, calm and avoid personalising.’…’you need to make your points simple, even blunt'.
Darroch’s GENERAL OPINIONS
[On the President’s character] ’For a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet, President Trump radiates insecurity.’
’Trump spends his days in the Oval Office asking his White House team, Cabinet members and senior Republicans for their opinions 'on the business of the moment’
Trump's speeches are 'full of false claims' and the White House 'will never look competent’…He warned Whitehall to be braced for more presidential outbursts including the use of 'immoderate, sometimes offensive, language', like his attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan.’ cont… >>6940079