UK ambassador to US quits days after leaked cables on Donald Trump

Sir Kim Darroch

Boris Johnson, frontrunner to become next prime minister, would be the "patsy" of U.S. President Donald Trump if his lack of support for British ambassador Kim Darroch prompted his resignation, a Labour spokesman said on Wednesday.

Britain's ambassador to Washington resigned on Wednesday after his confidential memos branding US President Donald Trump's administration as inept.

The row has been described as the worst dispute between the transatlantic allies in more than 100 years and it highlights the complexities countries face in dealing with the volatile temper of U.S. President Donald Trump. "This is what ambassadors are meant to do". May as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. "It's not his fault the cable leaked".

The resignation comes the day after the favourite to become the next Prime Minister in the Tory leadership race repeatedly refused to back the UK's ambassador in a TV debate with his rival Jeremy Hunt that he Sir Kim Darroch. "Sir Kim is blameless in this sorry affair".

Mr. Trump has yet to comment on Sir Kim's resignation. In addition to characterizing the current administration as "dysfunctional", Darroch said the USA president "radiates insecurity".

After learning of Darroch's assessment of him, Trump responded on Twitter by calling Darroch "a very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool", and had declared he would "no longer deal" with him.

The BBC's diplomatic correspondent said the ambassador had made the decision after Johnson declined to back him in a televised debate on Tuesday night.

In a statement, Sir Kim said the situation had made it "impossible" for him to carry out the role he has held since 2016.

After lashing out at Darroch in a series of tweets over the past two days, Trump had yet to weigh in on Darroch's departure.

He said he regretted how an "outrageous leak caused this".

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Sir Nigel Sheinwald, a former ambassador to the USA, said he believed Mr Johnson's comments may have played a part in Sir Kim's decision to go. As for Trump, Darroch said, he "radiates insecurity". "Clearly, we can't do that anymore".

Johnson will go through the doors of Downing Street at some point this month smiling and wanting to be loved, but many will instead see him, as one interviewer, Eddie Mair, described him, as "a nasty piece of work".

Quinn said Trump's frustration was probably rooted in knowing that the source of Darroch's information was his own staff.

Darroch was far from alone within the diplomatic community in his assessment of Trump, she added.

But he said the trans-Atlantic relationship was "so deep and so wide that it will withstand any individual squall". "It could have been anyone". I told her how it should be done, but she chose to go another way.

- Ben Bradshaw (@BenPBradshaw) July 8, 2019 People I trust, competent, well placed friends, suspect Kim Darroch is victim of a dark conspiracy and that Farage gets his job under Johnson. Based on a new report, other diplomats may now be sweating from having sent similar communications home. That experience made him a key player in coordinating with Washington on complex issues that spanned Russian Federation to Brexit.

I am grateful to all those in the United Kingdom and the U.S., who have offered their support during this hard few days.

"It's been a tricky and challenging political environment on both sides of the ocean", she said.

Haass said Darroch's decision to resign was ultimately in the service of the UK's incoming leadership.

Kim Darroch said in a letter Wednesday that even though his posting was due to end this year, he believed "in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador". "As he rides into the sunset, a lot more people know who Kim Darroch is now than they would have a week ago".

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