If today you were wondering about the health of the friendship between the United States and United Kingdom — the so-called Special Relationship™ — well, dear reader, IT'S NOT GOOD. Come with me.
On Sunday, the Mail on Sunday published extracts from a bunch of very secret, fairly critical diplomatic memos about the Trump administration by the UK's man in Washington, Sir Kim Darroch.
The UK ambassador labelled Trump "inept", "insecure" and "incompetent", while also describing the president's White House as "uniquely dysfunctional" in the memos spanning from 2017 to the present.
Apart from feeling the embarrassment of such a high-level leak, Sir Kim's memos were initially portrayed in the media as, you know, robust, confidential assessments penned by a career public servant who was on his way out of the job.
But Trump's old friend Nigel Farage used the story to call for Darroch's sacking and for a Farage-loyalist to be put into the plum diplomatic posting.
There was another wrinkle in this mess: The person who broke the story of the leaked memos in the Mail on Sunday was Isabel Oakeshott, a writer and commentator closely associated with Farage's inner circle, who literally helped write the book about Farage's Brexit campaign. Which is definitely fine.
But still, the sense was that if we all stayed very still, maybe this would just blow over. Well, that didn't happen because....
On Monday, Trump appeared to find his phone and fired off a couple of not-very-nice tweets about the ambassador... along with UK prime minister Theresa May.
He even claimed the US would "no longer deal with him", which is like the most diplomatic way for Trump to say "be gone!" or, I don't know, "you're fired!".
So all eyes swivelled to Theresa May, who leaves office this month, for the UK government's reaction. In true British style, May released a sober, calm — some might even say boring — statement in support of the ambassador and the US-UK alliance.
"We have made clear to the U.S. how unfortunate this leak is," Downing Street said in a statement. "The selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship. At the same time, we have also underlined the importance of Ambassadors being able to provide honest, unvarnished assessments of the politics in their country.
"Sir Kim Darroch continues to have the Prime Minister's full support."