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Persona Non Grata: Trump Trashes Globalist UK Ambassador.

Britain’s Ambassador to the United States has been effectively declared persona non grata by the President of the United States.

It was 9:22pm New York time on November 22nd 2016 when President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted in support of Nigel Farage becoming the new British Ambassador to the United States.

I had to rub my eyes a few times when it happened. We had just been to visit with the President-elect a few weeks prior. There were rumors he would swing by a Christmas party we were due to attend in a few weeks. It was all very exciting stuff.

I’m just a boy from Uxbridge. I had no designs on being involved in politics, and certainly not at this level. Nevertheless I was the one tasked with waking up Nigel at 2:22am London time to deliver the news.

Nigel is a night owl, but when he goes to sleep, you don’t wake him. Except in emergency situations. So when I roused him early in the morning I had to start the call with, “Don’t worry, everything’s alright, but there’s something you should know about before the morning”.

“Okay… what is it?” he asked, sheepishly.

I imagine Nigel is the type of guy who rarely gets good news in the middle of the night. Especially not from staffers or former staffers.

“Well, uh, Trump has just tweeted that you should be the next Ambassador to Washington,” I reported to him.

There was a pause.

“Crikey,” he said. Or it might have been “Blimey”. I forget which. He then remarked upon how flattering the President-elect was.

“Well, thanks for letting me know,” he closed the conversation, and hung up the phone.

In a few hours, the United Kingdom would wake up, and journalists would immediately begin issuing tweets pouring scorn on the President-elect and his idea.

“You may have just woken up, but this is not a dream. #Trump puts in a word for #Farage,” reported Sky News’ leftist correspondent Beth Rigby.

The Guardian’s Jon Swaine tweeted: “US President-elect publicly disrespecting @KimDarroch, the current ambassador of a major ally, and, like, preempting the Queen”.

The hot takes came thick and fast as the day went on.

The former Ambassador, Sir Christopher Meyer, issued a truism on the matter: “UK ambo in DC exists to defend UK interests in US, not US interests in UK. Can’t have foreign presidents deciding who our ambo should be.”

Fast forward nearly three years and what Sir Christopher said requires some consideration.

Sir Kim Darroch – a globalist, pro-EU, three-decade-long diplomat – was embarrassed this weekend after clumsy and rude words of his were leaked from cables back to London.

It is in fact Sir Kim who is inept, as President Trump made clear in his comments on the matter this weekend.

He called President Trump and his administration “inept” and “insecure”.

“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,” he wrote.

Theories abound as to whether or not Sir Kim and his buddies leaked the comments himself. He’s been looking for a way out of the post for a while due to his unpopularity in D.C. and his ineffectiveness with the administration. To use personal experience by way of example of this, the British Embassy has not once reached out to their most high profile, administration-connected citizen currently residing in Washington, D.C. (yours truly).

It is in fact Sir Kim who is inept, as President Trump made clear in his comments on the matter this weekend.

“We’ve had our little ins and outs with a couple of countries, and I would say that the U.K. – their ambassador has not served the UK well, I can tell you that,” Trump told reporters.

“We are not big fans of that man, and he has not served the UK well. So, I can understand it, and I can say things about him, but I won’t bother.”

For these kind of words to be said of a serving Ambassador – especially the most senior in-country diplomat the UK has – is deeply embarrassing for the British government.

Kim Darroch (right), Flickr, CC

But the government has opted to stand by Sir Kim, letting the world know (right in the middle of Brexit-related trade negotiations) that its emissaries act in bad faith. Another brilliant call by the “Conservative” government.

Now even some of those in the media who would have scoffed at the idea of Farage becoming the next U.S. Ambassador are asking, “Why not?”

President Trump’s approval numbers are going up, while the rest of the West’s leaders’ are in free fall.

Theresa May will soon be gone. Macron will be quickly forgotten. Trudeau is a laughing stock. Merkel leads a zombie coalition limping towards obscurity, even empowering the Greens in Germany.

Meanwhile, the Trump train continues apace.

But, as I noted this weekend, and as Brexit Party MEP Anne Widdecombe confirmed, Nigel Farage could be too busy being Prime Minister to be our man in Washington.

That leaves a gaping hole in the competency of the British government in its most important ally nation. A situation that leaves it quite contrary to where Sir Kim thought he was going on the matter.

He said in the leaked cables: “It’s important to ‘flood the zone’: you want as many as possible of those who Trump consults to give him the same answer… 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.”

President Trump – via Twitter – has now all but expelled Sir Kim in a recent tweet.

“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. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him. The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister. While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent State Visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!”

Written By

Raheem Kassam is the Global Editor-in-Chief of Human Events. Previously the Editor-in-Chief of Breitbart London, as well as the former senior advisor to Brexit leader Nigel Farage, Kassam is also the bestselling author of 'No Go Zones: How Sharia Law is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You' and 'Enoch Was Right: Rivers of Blood 50 Years On'. Kassam is a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, a fellow at the Bow Group, and a fellow at the Middle East Forum

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