Theresa May has “full faith” in the UK ambassador who criticised the Trump administration in leaked emails but she does not agree with his assessment.
The PM’s spokesman added that the leak was “absolutely unacceptable” and No 10 had made contact with the White House.
Sir Kim Darroch, the UK’s ambassador in Washington, described Donald Trump’s administration as “inept” in emails.
The US president responded by saying “we’re not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well”.
The government has begun an inquiry into the leak of emails, in which Sir Kim said the White House was “uniquely dysfunctional” and “divided” under Mr Trump.
The prime minister’s spokesman said it was “the job of ambassadors to provide honest and unvarnished opinions” but Mrs May “does not agree with the assessment”.
“The leak is absolutely unacceptable and, as you would expect, contact has been made with the Trump administration setting out our view that we believe that it is unacceptable,” he added.
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