UK Ambassador to US Who Criticized Trump Resigns, British Foreign Office Says

John Bercow

Britain's foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said he was outraged that confidential memos by Darroch were leaked, leading to his resignation.

In the cables, Darroch had described Trump as "radiating insecurity" and described his administration as "clumsy and inept".

Sir Kim had angered US President Donald Trump when descriptions of him as "incompetent", "inept", and "insecure" in diplomatic dispatches that were leaked to the press. On Monday, he delivered the line that was probably the death knell for Darroch: "We will no longer deal with him".

The US President reacted with outrage over the leak, calling the ambassador "a very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool".

The top diplomat wrote in his resignation that his job had become "impossible" after the memo leak. "Though my posting just isn't any longer attributable to terminate except the tip of this year, I imagine within the present circumstances the responsible direction is to enable the appointment of a brand new ambassador". "T$3 he current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like", Darroch wrote in a letter to his colleagues.

McDonald, in response, said he accepted Darroch's resignation "with deep personal regret". Sir Simon McDonald told Darroch he was "the target of a malicious leak" and that despite the scandal, "You demonstrate the essence of the values of British public service".

Responding to Darroch's resignation, the head of the U.K.'s foreign service told the ambassador he was "simply doing your job".

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That is nonsense. Civil servants have continued to work in accordance with the guiding principles established by the Northcote-Trevelyan report over 150 years ago: honesty, integrity, objectivity and political impartiality. A United Kingdom government spokesperson speaking on the condition of anonymity told U.S. News on the British government had "made clear to the U.S. how unfortunate this leak is", adding, "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". "I don't know what the motivations would be at this stage but it is very important that we find out who actually carried out this particularly damaging act". "Johnson's failure to back the British Ambassador in Washington makes him vulnerable to accusations of being weak towards Trump", Ford said on Wednesday.

If Sir Kim Darroch had ever had any doubt about the accuracy of his comments the president's reaction must have served as vindication.

"The unconventional US President could not be forgiven for seeking better relations with Russian Federation, for trying to reduce the US military footprint in Syria, and for standing up to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other parts of the US establishment", Ford claimed.

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

Speaking on Newsnight on Tuesday night, Mr Raab criticised Sir Kim's remarks about the Trump administration, and said that when he read and drafted diplomatic cables he would "try to avoid personalised stuff".

As Brexit looms, Britain is also hoping for a free trade deal with the USA to mitigate the impact of leaving the European Union.

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