U.S. allies maintain breakfast for departing British ambassador — and ‘the message is obvious’ – The Washington Put up

Karen DeYoung

Affiliate editor and senior nationwide safety correspondent

In what one European diplomat known as a delicate however “fairly clear” message of solidarity with departing British Ambassador Kim Darroch, his German counterpart hosted him and the French and European Union ambassadors for breakfast at her official residence in Washington on Thursday.

“I’m honored to host my colleagues and associates,” German Ambassador Emily Haber tweeted, together with a photograph of the 4 of them smiling collectively within the morning sunshine.

The posted image, much more than the bacon and eggs, seemed to be the purpose of the occasion. It rapidly appeared on the Twitter accounts of French Ambassador Philippe Etienne and E.U. Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis, and of the British Embassy. Most retweets and replies echoed @JockGlasgow, who wrote: “A reminder of who our true associates are.”

I’m honored to host my colleagues and associates from the U.Okay., France and the European Union for breakfast at my residence this morning. pic.twitter.com/rC9qeiPZFI

— Emily Haber (@GermanAmbUSA) July 11, 2019

Darroch’s resignation adopted final weekend’s leak of inside diplomatic cables by which he described the Trump administration as “inept” and “dysfunctional.” President Trump, in response, tweeted that Darroch, a senior profession diplomat who has served right here since January 2016, was “a really silly man” and “a pompous idiot,” and mentioned the US would now not take care of him.

The British authorities has mentioned Darroch was solely doing his job, and Prime Minister Theresa Could publicly stood by him, calling it a “matter of nice remorse that he has felt it mandatory to depart his place.” However Could has had her personal difficulties with Trump and is just days away from stepping down.

Trump has indicated that her probably substitute, former international secretary Boris Johnson, is rather more to his liking.

The controversy broke open the poorly-kept Washington secret that many allied governments, significantly in Europe, discover the administration tough to take care of, and their diplomats discover they’re typically strolling on eggshells right here.

“It’s dysfunctional,” the European diplomat mentioned. “After all there are individuals you may work with, can speak to, however it’s fairly tough to say the least.”

The purpose Darroch was attempting to relay to London, the diplomat mentioned, was that “individuals in Britain thought they’d a particular relationship” with the US and that if the British adopted via on plans to depart the European Union — as Trump has advocated — they may “rely on the Individuals” to bolster their economic system with commerce offers and different benefits.

“What he was saying was that America First is what counts right here,” mentioned the diplomat, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to keep away from fueling the controversy.

Darroch’s resignation has prompted discussions in embassies about scaling again entry to diplomatic cables. Some have mentioned they are going to rely extra on oral experiences and use of encrypted communications.

The choice of the US’ main European allies to carry the breakfast for Darroch, and to broadly publicize it, was a small gesture, the diplomat mentioned. However “the message is obvious.”

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