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United Kingdom ambassador to USA quits days after leaked cables

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Steven Clarke | 11 July, 2019, 10:30

When asked why he failed to express his support for Sir Kim during the live debate on ITV, Mr Johnson explained: "I don't think it's right to drag public servants' careers into the arena in that way".

While May gave her full backing to Darroch, her potential replacement as prime minister, Borish Johnson, declined to explicitly support the diplomat and instead emphasized the need for maintaining good ties with Washington.

"The United States and the United Kingdom share a bond that is bigger than any individual, and we look forward to continuing that partnership", a State Department spokeswoman said. As the current Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan put it, by six times refusing to back the ambassador, Johnson had thrown him under a bus.

Prime Minister Theresa May quickly ordered a police investigation into the leak but also stood by Sir Kim, insisting that he had simply offered the kind of frank assessment that is expected from diplomats.

On Sunday, the Daily Mail published a series of leaked memos written by Darroch that characterized the president as "inept" and "clumsy" and warned that Trump's "career could end in disgrace".

Of Trump's tweets, he said: "I don't think it was necessarily the right thing for him to do... but our relationship with the United States is of fantastic importance".

"The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like", Darroch wrote in his resignation letter.

Darroch said his position had become untenable.

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The envoy said that, although his posting being due to end later this year, he believed it would be better to leave early.

"The wacky Ambassador that the UK foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy", he tweeted, describing Darroch as a "pompous fool". But he has revealed himself to be a shallow man willing to take advantage of an illegal leak to sack a man who had dedicated himself to public life. The US President publicly berated the outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May for not listening to him on Brexit after virtually dictating who he would like London's envoy to Washington to be.

'Quite stupefyingly ignorant'Dominic Raab defended Boris Johnson's comments about Donald Trump. "I don't know what the motivations would be at this stage but it is very important that we find out who actually carried out this particularly damaging act".

Trump has previously suggested the job go to Nigel Farage, a British eurosceptic politician who now leads the Brexit Party and who, like Johnson, was a prominent voice in the 2016 referendum campaign for Brexit.

According to The New York Times, Darroch - who, among other taunts, said Trump "radiates insecurity" and could "crash and burn" - is evidently not alone among diplomats in communicating similar sentiments to their governments.

"(Johnson) claims to regard Winston Churchill as his hero.

Last month, during an interview with Darroch at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said British ambassadors are often so plugged into American politics that it appeared they had their own seat at the table for key discussions. "History shows that there are often bespoke procedures for filling the embassy in Washington, DC", he said. "He got a raw deal from the press", Graham tweeted Wednesday.

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