United Kingdom ambassador to US quits days after leaked cables

United Kingdom ambassador to US quits days after leaked cables

Storm clouds gathered over the trans-Atlantic relationship as veteran diplomat Kim Darroch said he could no longer do his job in Washington after Trump cut off all contact with the representative of one of America's closest allies.

Darroch on Wednesday said he was resigning after his criticism of Donald Trump's White House drew the ire of the U.S. president on Twitter.

"Whenever I visited Washington as foreign secretary, I was struck by Sir Kim's professionalism and intellect", Hunt said in a statement.

In his resignation letter Sir Kim - who Trump branded a "pompous fool" and a "stupid guy" - said: "The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like".

His resignation has set off a flurry of finger pointing and accusations in London. She also said that Britain would not bow to pressure from Mr. Trump and fire the ambassador.

Jonathan Powell, former prime minister Tony Blair's chief of staff, told Britain's Channel 4 News that the attempt to force Darroch from office followed similar efforts to punish career British officials suspected of insufficient enthusiasm for Brexit, according to The Intercept website.

Darroch announced his decision the morning after a debate between the two contenders to replace May as party leader and prime minister, Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.

The Prime Minister spoke with Mr Darroch by phone for about five minutes, shortly before facing MPs. May on July 24.

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"I wouldn't use the language President Trump used, and I wouldn't agree with it", he said.

"I thought it was most odd that the career of a particular servant should suddenly become a test case within a TV debate". "He got a raw deal from the press", Graham tweeted Wednesday.

"Somebody has, for whatever malicious reasons, sought to either damage the UK-US relationship or indeed Sir Kim personally", he told reporters.

Independent MP Nick Boles, who resigned from the Conservative Party this year, tweeted that Mr Johnson was "already responsible for a grievous blow to the UK's global reputation".

"He (Boris Johnson) has basically thrown this fantastic diplomat under the bus to serve his own personal interests". But others came to Mr. Johnson's defence and said the criticism was unfair. Rather, the Republican senator appeared to attack the press for covering the context within the leaked memos, describing the news cycle as "a good example of selective media coverage of an issue".

The Intercept's Robert Mackey wrote Tuesday that "the president's angry denunciation of the previously obscure diplomat. was so predictable, it looked to some observers like the intended outcome of a plot, hatched in London, to depose the ambassador in Washington by leaking his confidential briefing notes". The leaked e-mails were obtained by Isabel Oakeshott, a Brexit sympathizer who has ties to Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit Party.

But a friend of Sir Kim said: 'Boris Johnson's comments were not the only factor that persuaded him to resign, but they were a factor. I'm a great supporter of Kim's.

Gatherings were frequently bipartisan, drawing guests from the Trump and Obama administrations, who mingled with journalists and members of prominent think tanks.

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