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Johnson criticised as United Kingdom ambassador resigns in Trump emails leak row

Johnson criticised as United Kingdom ambassador resigns in Trump emails leak row”

McDonald said it was "vitally important" that ambassadors were able to speak candidly in private and that it was the first time in his career that a head of state has dismissed working with a British ambassador.

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. But it would have been almost impossible for Darroch to effectively do his job after Trump made it clear that he would no longer work with Darroch.

"He has basically thrown this fantastic diplomat under the bus to serve his own personal interests".

"Kim Darroch did an outstanding job as Ambassador and sorry to see he has resigned his post". He also described arguments within the White House as "knife fights".

In one of the cables published in Britain last weekend, the 65-year-old Darroch said, "We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction driven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept". "We remain committed to the US-UK Special Relationship and our shared global agenda".

The US President reacted with outrage over the leak, calling the ambassador "a very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool".

Darroch had been due to step down at the end of the year.

"Since the leak of official documents from this Embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position", he said. "The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like", Darroch wrote.

The break in relations followed a British newspaper's publication Sunday of leaked documents that revealed the ambassador's dim view of Trump's administration, which Darroch described as dysfunctional, inept and chaotic. In fact, some reports have gone so far as to suggest that pro-Brexit politicians in United Kingdom are working in cahoots with Trump minions in Washington to purge career British officials who do not toe the Trexit-Brexit line that is broadly aimed at reversing the globalisation that has put the long-privileged and porly-educated nativist and isolationist bases at a disadvantage.

Trump himself had previously suggested that Nigel Farage, now leader of the Brexit Party, would be a good choice as ambassador, irritating British officials.

By resigning, Sir Kim clearly wanted to put an end to an extraordinary chapter in the so-called special relationship.

Theresa May has been left dismayed by the resignation, telling MPs that his departure was a "matter of great regret", adding: "The whole cabinet rightly gave its full support to Sir Kim on Tuesday".

"It makes a laughing stock out of our government", said Emily Thornberry, Labour's foreign affairs spokeswoman. The fracas not only highlighted Trump's now well-established hypersensitivity to any kind of criticism - even in what is widely seen in the diplomatic community as boilerplate reports that ambassadors send home - but also underscored Trump's public intervention in British politics and the British right-wing Brexiteers embrace of Trump.

The last time there was a problem with an envoy to Washington was in 1856, he said.



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