Donald Trump mocked by British political veteran – ‘Tell him to play golf and calm down!’
The Tory grandee made the tongue-in-cheek suggestion as peers pressed the Government over the resignation of the UK’s top diplomat in Washington DC following a transatlantic row. Sir Kim announced he was quitting his Washington post early as it had become “impossible” for him to carry out his duties effectively in the wake of the furore triggered by the leaking of his diplomatic cables to London, which were highly critical of the Trump White House.
Shouldn’t we just stand back and tell him to go and relax and maybe play a game of golf
It led to a wave of abuse from Mr Trump in which he branded Sir Kim a “very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool” and said the administration would have no further dealings with him.
The ambassador’s position came under further pressure after Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party leadership contest frontrunner, repeatedly refused to back him in Tuesday’s TV debate.
In his Twitter tirade, Mr Trump also launched an extraordinary attack on Theresa May over Brexit, accusing her of ignoring his advice and “going her own foolish way”.
Speaking at Westminster, Lord Howell, who until recently was chairman of the Lords International Relations Committee, said: “As the president of the United States added a few rather gratuitous and personal remarks about our own Prime Minister, shouldn’t we just stand back and tell him to go and relax and maybe play a game of golf.
“His aides often reveal that his grumbles and irritations are very short-lived and he tends to forget after a day or two quite what’s worrying him, or has a new worry.
“In these circumstances, I think clever diplomacy might suggest that if we wait a little while, things will cool down and maybe we should consider reappointing an absolutely excellent ambassador to the United States called Sir Kim Darroch.”
Responding, Tory frontbencher Baroness Goldie said: “We have a longstanding and strong relationship with the United States.
“It’s a relationship which transcends prime ministers and presidents.”
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