Thursday 18 July 2019

Sir Kim Darroch resigns as UK ambassador to US following war of words with Trump

  • Sir Kim Darroch resigns as UK ambassador to US following war of words with Trump
  • Trump dramatically stepped up the war of words yesterday over Sir Kim Darroch's email leak at the weekend, branding him a "pompous fool"
Cooling off: American President Donald Trump. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Cooling off: American President Donald Trump. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
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Sir Kim Darroch has decided to resign as the UK ambassador to the US, the Foreign Office has said.

The move comes after Donald Trump dramatically stepped up the war of words yesterday over Sir Kim Darroch's email leak at the weekend, branding him a "pompous fool".

In his latest explosive tweets, the president complained that Sir Kim Darroch was a "very stupid guy" who had been foisted on the US.

He also again attacked Theresa May over Brexit, accusing her of ignoring his advice and "going her own foolish way".

His latest intervention came as the Cabinet reiterated its full support for Sir Kim following the leak of a series of diplomatic dispatches in which he branded the US administration as "inept".

Mr Trump said: "The wacky ambassador that the UK foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy.

Then White House chief strategist Steve Bannon greets Britain’s ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch in January 2017. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Barria
Then White House chief strategist Steve Bannon greets Britain’s ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch in January 2017. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Barria

"He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled.

"I told Theresa May how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way - was unable to get it done. A disaster!

"I don't know the ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool.

"Tell him the USA now has the best economy and military anywhere in the world, by far and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger.

Kim Darroch, the United Kingdom's ambassador to the United States Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Kim Darroch, the United Kingdom's ambassador to the United States Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

"Thank you, Mr President!"

Mr Trump said earlier in the week that he would "no longer deal" with the British ambassador, after the weekend news report that the UK diplomat had described Trump’s administration as dysfunctional, clumsy and inept.

"I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him," Trump said in a Twitter post that also criticised outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

"What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way," he said. "The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister. While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent State Visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!" he wrote.

Trump attacked Ambassador Kim Darroch on Twitter a day after the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported he had made the critical comments, citing a series of confidential memos.

In memos to the British government which date from 2017 to the present, Darroch said Trump “radiates insecurity” and advises officials in London that to deal with him effectively “you need to make your points simple, even blunt.”

Trump also dismissed the ambassador on Sunday as not having "served the UK well." Britain's government has told Washington that leaks of the memos were a matter of regret, May's spokesman said on Monday.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said she has told Sir Kim Darroch that it is a "matter of great regret" that he has felt it necessary to resign as the UK ambassador to Washington.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he “profoundly” regrets Sir Kim Darroch’s resignation and added: “I am sure that our ambassadors worldwide will continue to provide the objective and rigorous reporting reporting that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has always prized”.

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