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Opinion: Wars of words from hypocritical Trump

PUBLISHED: 08:30 21 July 2019

Comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen is confused by Trump's methods of commication.

Comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen is confused by Trump's methods of commication.

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It's been a fun week of seeing how upset Donald Trump got after being called inept by a UK ambassador.

I didn't realise that was what ambassadors did.

Leaked emails from Sir Kim Darroch said Trump's leadership was inept.

In all of the criticism of this no one has come out to say that Trump isn't inept.

It seems the main objections are that secret documents shouldn't be leaked and you shouldn't call inept people inept because that's rude.

I'm sure Donald Trump didn't get upset right away, but as soon as he slammed that dictionary down he was gunning for us.

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Since then he has been on the attack, calling our ambassador "very stupid".

It must feel strange to be someone's least favourite man called Kim when you know that man has met the North Korean dictator.

Here is my confusion. If it isn't OK to call someone inept in a message they thought would be private, how is it OK to call someone stupid in a public tweet to nearly 62 million followers?

Some say you should respect the office of president even if you don't respect the person, but Trump didn't do the same when he tweeted a dig at our prime minister.

Is Trump inept? I don't know. But he is being a hypocrite. He can dish it out but not take it.

There's little we can do, however. We need a trade deal with America and we can't afford to fall out with them.

If we do, at least it will only be a war of words.

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