British Ambassador to US resigns after apologizing for leaked Trump-bashing messages

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Two days after Britain scrambled to express its regret over leaked memos from its ambassador describing President Donald Trump’s administration as “dysfunctional” and “inept,” the matter has been put to rest.

Kim Darroch, the British ambassador to the U.S., has resigned.

Darroch said in a statement: “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,” Darroch continued. “The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.”

“Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year,” he added, “I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador.”

Darroch has been in the hot seat after leaked diplomatic cables from the U.K.’s top diplomat sent to Downing Street characterized President Trump as “inept,” warning that he is “uniquely dysfunctional and his career could end in disgrace.”

On Tuesday, President Trump effectively threw gasoline on a simmering fire as he criticized U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May for her role on Brexit.

Taking to Twitter, he blasted Darroch as a “wacky” ambassador who was a “very stupid guy.”

“I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool,” Trump said.

There’ll certainly be no repairing that relationship, not that the Brits weren’t trying to give it a go.

“Contact has been made with the Trump administration, setting out our view that we believe the leak is unacceptable,” May’s spokesperson said Monday. “It is, of course, a matter of regret that this has happened.”

U.K. trade minister Liam Fox is in Washington, D.C., and he had told BBC radio that he would apologize to first daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who he is scheduled to meet with.

“I will be apologizing for the fact that either our civil service or elements of our political class have not lived up to the expectations that either we have or the United States has about their behavior, which in this particular case has lapsed in a most extraordinary and unacceptable way,” Fox said.

Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson is being blamed for throwing Darroch under the bus, Business Insider reported.

Johnson refused to say the ambassador should remain in post.

“We don’t want to put the whole special relationship on the edge because of a row about one person,” a senior ally of Johnson told The Times. “We do not have anything to gain from a running spat with the White House.”

Tom Tillison


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