UK Ambassador to the US resigns amid fallout with Trump

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United Kingdom Ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, has resigned following a fallout with President Donald Trump who he described as inept.

Leaked diplomatic cables show that UK’s man in the US called Trump diplomatically “clumsy and inept,” and said he “radiates insecurity.”

The situation caused a serious rift between London and Washington with Trump having no kind words for Darroch who he described as pompous and left her out of key meetings saying he would not deal with him again.

In a letter sent to Sir Simon McDonald, the UK Foreign Office’s most senior official on Wednesday, the diplomat said : “Since the leak of official documents from this embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining term as ambassador. I want to put an end to that speculation. The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.”

He said though he is supposed to leave at the end of this year, the situation on the ground demands the appointment of a new ambassador.

In response, McDonald accepted Darroch’s resignation but with “deep regret.”

He praised the diplomat for behaving “as you always behaved over a long and distinguished career, with dignity, professionalism and class.”

McDonald said he understood the need by Darroch to remove pressure on himself and his family following the leak.

Speaking in Parliament on the resignation by Darroch, UK’s outgoing Prime Minister, Theresa May, said: “This morning I have spoken to Sir Kim Darroch. I have told him that it is a matter of great regret that he has felt it necessary to leave his position.”

UK’s Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said he  was “deeply saddened” by the news and said he was “sure that our Ambassadors worldwide will continue to provide the objective and rigorous reporting that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has always prized.”

Darroch leaves his position after three years as ambassador to the U.S. He has served as a British diplomat for nearly three decades.

 

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