Politics

Queen Elizabeth to Honor Ex-Ambassador Who Called Trump “Incompetent”

Published on September 10, 2019 by Athena Pallas

On the recommendation of former British Prime Minister Theresa May, Queen Elizabeth will be honoring the ex-British ambassador who was revealed to have called President Trump both “inept” and “incompetent” in diplomatic cables to the British Foreign Commonwealth Office. Ambassador Kim Darroch, who held that post from January of 2016 until his resignation in July of this year, was quite frank in diplomatic cables he sent home regarding Trump starting in 2017. Darroch not only called Trump “inept”, but said he did not believe the Trump administration would “ever look competent”, saying, according to The Hill, “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.”

Former Prime Minister May today released her resignation honors list, a tradition for departing prime ministers, which has been approved by Queen Elizabeth and includes conferring a lordship on Darroch and several, which also involves receiving a seat in the House of Lords. Conferring a lordship on Darroch is the latest example of the United Kingdom standing behind Darroch following the information leak in July. Previously, multiple officials expressed that Darroch, like any ambassador, must have the freedom to speak his mind in diplomatic cables that are meant to remain private. How and by whom those cables were leaked has not been reported publicly. After they were made public, however, President Trump, who has shown pattern of extreme inability to accept criticism, indicated that the U.S. would no longer work with Darroch, making Darroch’s exit from the post of British Ambassador to the U.S. inevitable, no matter how much support Darroch had both at home and from U.S. officials who are also critical of Trump. According to The Hill:

May, who stepped down in July after failed Brexit negotiations, released her resignation honors list Tuesday, which includes appointing former Ambassador Kim Darroch to the House of Lords. Queen Elizabeth II is expected to honor the nominee along with the others on May’s list in keeping with the British tradition. The honor list is a tradition for outgoing prime ministers. …”The Queen has been graciously pleased to signify Her intention of conferring Peerages of the United Kingdom for Life upon the undermentioned,” a copy of May’s honors list of appointees reads. Darroch resigned in July after leaked memos showed he had called Trump “inept,” “insecure” and “incompetent.” Trump responded by publicly calling Darroch a “very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool.” May, who had already announced she would be stepping down at the time of the leak, said Darroch’s resignation was a “matter of great regret.” 

One wonders at President Trump’s reaction when he finds that this person who criticized him will be conferred a lordship at the recommendation of former Prime Minister Theresa May and with the approval of Queen Elizabeth, who will be officially conferring the honor. One also imagines that Lord Darroch, when conferred that title, may feel as if he has had the last laugh in the matter.

Featured image from Trump’s June visit to Buckingham Palace via Wikimedia Commons.