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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?

PLAYERS

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/commentator). Claims to be ‘conservative’ and has been critical of fakes like tory pm David Cameron (wrote an autobiography about him: ‘Call Me Dave’). However her articles on POTUS show unblinking criticism, perfectly aligned with the progressive assault, showing a lack of understanding of what’s actually unfolding. Would be good if helpful leaks could be given to journalists or authors with deeper acuity as a reward for them being excoriated outsiders? Or maybe there aren’t any left in the UK?

SUMMARY QUOTES FROM BOTH ARTICLES

Darroch devised a 3-POINT PLAN to get a handle on ‘this most unpredictable of Presidents.’

A) INFLUENCING

’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’.’

B) COMMUNICATION

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

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UK DIPLOMATIC SHENANIGENS

DARROCH’s OPINIONS cont.

As seen from here, we really don't believe that this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional, less unpredictable, less faction-riven, less diplomatically clumsy and inept.’

'There is no filter,’…’And we could also be at the beginning of a downward spiral, rather than just a rollercoaster: something could emerge that leads to disgrace and downfall.’

However the President, he noted, has been mired in scandal most of his life but has always survived, ‘Trump may emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator.'

[On policy] ‘…filling his speeches with 'false claims and invented statistics' and achieving 'almost nothing' in terms of domestic policy.’

’Of the main campaign promises, not an inch of the Wall has been built; the executive orders on travel bans from Muslim countries have been blocked by the state courts; tax reform and the infrastructure package have been pushed into the middle distance; and the repeal and replacement of Obamacare is on a knife edge,'

He 'wouldn't bet a tenner' on Trump's health proposals passing through the Senate.

'This 'America First' Administration could do some profoundly damaging things to the world trade system: such as denounce the WTO, tear up existing trade details, launch protectionist action, even against allies. It could further undermine international action on climate change, or further cut UN funding.'

The 'spontaneous' missile strike on a Syrian airbase in April 2017 had won him 'the best headlines of his brief time in the Oval Office' but warned that 'a less well judged military intervention is not inconceivable.'

In the face of the chaos, Merkel & Macron, are busy distancing themselves but 'I don't think we should follow them.'

'there are real risks on the horizon' and that Trump 'will do or say things we oppose’.

‘chaotic' US-Iran policy…’Its unlikely that US policy on Iran is going to become more coherent any time soon. This is a divided Administration'.

He questioned Trump's recent claim that he aborted a missile strike on Iran because it would have caused a predicted 150 casualties, saying it 'doesn't stand up'.

'It's more likely that he was never fully on board and that he was worried about how this apparent reversal of his 2016 campaign promises would look come 2020' – at the next Presidential election.

[On fakenews] The Administration has been 'dogged from day one by stories of vicious infighting and chaos inside the White House, and swamped by scandals – all, one way or another, linked to Russia.’…'The stories about White House knife fights are, we judge, mostly true: multiple sources and confirmed by our own White House contacts. This is a uniquely dysfunctional environment.'

[On a 2nd term] a 'credible path' for Trump to win, but rally crowds are 'almost exclusively white’.

[On USA/UK relationship] ’The starting point is that this is our single most important bilateral relationship,' and the 'cultural and historical ties' between the two countries are 'profound'.

POTUS was 'dazzled' by the visit, and the UK might be 'flavour of the month', but Trump's White House remains self-interested: 'This is still the land of America First'.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7220453/Trump-speeches-false-claims-White-House-never-look-competent-Ambassador-says.html

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7220335/Britains-man-says-Trump-inept-Cables-ambassador-say-dysfunctional.html

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