Piers Morgan gets schooled for claiming next US ambassador shouldn’t write down concerns about Trump

Andy Gregory
Thursday 11 July 2019 15:45
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Since Donald Trump’s scathing response to the revelation that Britain's US ambassador labelled his administration "inept", politicians, commentators and campaigners have either leapt to the defence of Sir Kim or the American president.

Despite 42 years in the civil service, Sir Kim resigned on Wednesday, saying, in the wake of Trump’s tirade, that his position had become “impossible”.

You’d not need many guesses to deduce who has taken the US president’s side – Nigel Farage and all of his hangers-on, arguably Boris Johnson in his silence, and Piers Morgan.

Not long after Nigel Farage had set about calling for anyone in the civil service with anti-Brexit views to be deselected, the Good Morning Britain presenter took to Twitter to astutely advise the next US ambassador to not to commit their assessments of Donald Trump to writing, in case someone leaks them.

While his point was that Sir Kim had written his correspondence via diplomatic cables, which were compromised by Wikileaks, it's long been said by employees (and Wikileaks) that US secret services can access phones and computers too.

So following that logic, from now on only assessments that will make foreign powers happy should be recorded or traceably communicated, everything else should be whispered during sporadic meetings in the Foreign Office.

Sounds like a healthy atmosphere in which to conduct international relations, right?

Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan has since told the House of Commons that there's no evidence Sir Kim was hacked, suggesting the correspondence may have been leaked by an insider.

Thankfully, a political analyst handily named “Steve Analyst” was on hand to give Mr Morgan a bit of a history lesson on why ambassadors not honestly relaying their thoughts isn’t the best idea.

Strap yourselves in, it's a long but worthwhile read.

While Mr Morgan is yet to respond to Steve Analyst's thread, he has continued to castigate the now former US ambassador's use of workplace technology.

Others responded more bluntly to Mr Morgan's tweet.

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