British US ambassador Darroch resigns over emails criticising Trump

President Trump speaks to reporters in Morristown N.J. on Sunday

Speaking anonymously, another diplomat who's now serving told the Times "it could have been any of us".

Sir Kim Darroch, wrote in a letter to Sir Simon McDonald, the permanent undersecretary at the Foreign Office, that "the current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like".

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Mrs May says diplomats must be able to give "full and frank advice" and she wants all public servants to have the confidence to do that.

Mr Johnson said: "I think it is absolutely vital that the advice that civil servants give to ministers should not be leaked by ministers and should not be commented on by ministers if civil servants are going to feel free to give that advice with the impartiality that they want". "And I hope the house will reflect on the importance of defending our values and principles - particularly when they are under pressure".

"I profoundly regret how this episode has led Sir Kim to decide to resign".

Before his resignation, lawmakers and diplomats had widely defended Darroch's comments, with outgoing prime minister Theresa May saying it was an ambassador's job to provide the United Kingdom government "an honest and unvarnished view" of foreign administrations - despite disagreeing with the comments themselves. He was a prominent figure in Washington and popular among Trump White House officials, who were always over at the embassy for parties and events.

"I wouldn't use the language President Trump used, and I wouldn't agree with it", he said. "I alone will decide who takes important and politically sensitive jobs", Mr. Johnson said during the debate.

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Senior figures in May's government and the opposition Labour Party accused Boris Johnson, favourite to be next prime minister, of contributing to the resignation by failing to back Darroch.

It was also clear that, despite the Foreign Office's protestations, Trump was determined to blackball Sir Kim.

Darroch called the Trump administration "inept" in the leaked documents, which prompted the US President to call him a "very stupid guy" on Twitter.

Odds are also being offered on former Prime Ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair, as well as former Chancellor George Osborne, although all are outsiders.

Following the leak, Darroch was dis-invited from a dinner with Trump, the Emir of Qatar and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday night.

Trump concluded his tweets by demanding that someone tell Darroch "the US now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger.Thank you, Mr. President!"

The US President publicly berated the outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May for not listening to him on Brexit after virtually dictating who he would like London's envoy to Washington to be. This has brought home to me the depth of friendship and close ties between our two countries.

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