British officials hope to influence Donald Trump by exploiting his character and inexperience in office, a secret memo reportedly from the UK’s top diplomat in the US suggests.
The president-elect’s tub-thumping campaign that carried him into the White House revealed his “instincts”, Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s ambassador to the US explained in a dispatch as the result emerged. The populist, if extreme, pledges that stirred up support for the newcomer could be shaped by UK officials who have already laid the groundwork in Washington, Sir Kim suggested.
The memo, seen by The Sunday Times, said: “The president-elect is above all an outsider and unknown quantity, whose campaign pronouncements may reveal his instincts, but will surely evolve and, particularly, be open to outside influence if pitched right. Read more