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    UK Backs Ambassador in Spat With Trump

    The British government is standing behind its ambassador to Washington after President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he’d “no longer deal with” Kim Darroch. The president’s remarks — which also targeted Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Brexit — came after leaked cables revealed Darroch describing the U.S. administration as “clumsy and inept.” Calling the leak “unfortunate,” Downing Street says Darroch has May’s “full support.”

    Will this ruin the relationship? While Trump’s comment falls short of declaring Darroch persona non grata, it also forces London into the awkward position of having to decide whether to send him home just months before his planned departure.

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