UK Ambassador to US Who Called Trump 'Inept' Suddenly Resigns
Anti Trump ambassador leaves post following leak
The British ambassador to the U.S. who criticized presdient Donald Trump has resigned, according to the U.K. Foreign Office.
Ambassador Kim Darroch slammed the Trump administration as "diplomatically clumsy and inept," and said he doubted it would become "substantially more normal."
According to his resignation letter on Wednesday, Darroch said:
"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, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador," he wrote.
He then noted the situation "has brought home to me the depth of friendship and close ties between our two countries."
Darroch said he is "grateful to all those in the U.K. and the U.S., who have offered their support during this difficult few days."
Prime Minister Theresa May said Darroch's resignation was a "matter of regret."
According to Fox News: A day before Darroch's resignation Downing Street said he “continues to have the prime minister's full support,” adding that “we have made clear to the U.S. how unfortunate this leak is” and that “the selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship.”
The memos Darroch wrote about the Trump administration were meant for a limited audience. The documents were published in Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper.
UK ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch has quit. pic.twitter.com/uLzKZYwe1x— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) July 10, 2019
Following the leak, Trump described Darroch as ineffective and said: "he has not served the U.K. well."
Britain's Foreign Office did not challenge the authenticity of the leaked documents, which covered 2017 to the present, and came to Darroch's defense.
It called the leak "mischievous behavior" and said the public has expected diplomats to provide honest assessments of the politics in the countries where they're posted.
It's customary for senior British diplomats posted overseas to file straightforward memos to senior ministers and security services analysts back home so political trends and possible threats to British interests could be gauged, but it's unusual for a large number of them to be made public.
Last month, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called Trump a “global threat” of the rising “far right."
Anti-Trump Khan also accused Brexit party leader Nigel Farage and national populist leaders like Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and Italy’s Matteo Salvini of imitating “20th-century fascists”.
Khan accused Trump of using “xenophobia, racism and ‘otherness’ as an electoral tactic."
He then compared the president's actions to “the actions of European dictators of the 1930s and 40s… the military juntas of the 1970s and 80s… Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong-un," in his article in the Observer.