Sir Kim Darroch Resigns as British Ambassador to the United States

Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as the UK Ambassador to the United States, following the US President’s attack on him and the British Prime Minister. Donald Trump, the US President, reacted angrily when leaked reports that were critical of him were leaked.

Darroch said in a statement:

“Since the leak of official documents from this Embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining term as ambassador. I want to put an end to that speculation. 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.

I am grateful to all those in the UK and the US, who have offered their support during this difficult few days. This has brought home to me the depth of friendship and close ties between our two countries. I have been deeply touched.

I am also grateful to all those with whom I have worked over the last four decades, particularly my team here in the US. The professionalism and integrity of the British civil service is the envy of the world. I will leave it full of confidence that its values remain in safe hands.

Sir Simon McDonald, the Permanent Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, acknowledged the letter, saying:

“On behalf of the Diplomatic Service, I accept your resignation with deep personal regret.

Over the last few difficult days you have behaved as you have always behaved over a long and distinguished career, with dignity, professionalism and class. The Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and whole of the public service have stood with you: you were the target of a malicious leak; you were simply doing your job. I understand your wish to relieve the pressure on your family and your colleagues at the Embassy; I admire the fact that you think more of others than yourself. You demonstrate the essence of the values of British public service.

I want to stress my deep appreciation for all you have done over the last four decades. In a series of demanding roles – including National Security Adviser and Permanent Representative to the European Union – you have loyally served the government of the day without fear or favour. We have been lucky to have you as a friend and colleague. You are the best of us.”

Donald Trump Escalates Attack on British Government

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has launched a further attack on the British Government as a diplomatic crisis between the countries has now started to escalate.

Trump posted on Twitter:

“The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was…”

The President added:

“I told her how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way – was unable to get it done. A disaster! I don’t know the ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best economy and military anywhere in the world, by far and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger.”

The development comes after a leak of documents written by Sir Kim Darroch, the UK Ambassador in the United States, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The attack on the British Government by the President of the United States is unprecedented in recent decades, with Trump angry that Darroch had questioned his governance.

The British Government rejected Trump’s shock refusal to deal with the UK Ambassador unless he was replaced, with a spokesperson for the Prime Minister saying:

“The UK government determines who its ambassador is.”

Donald Trump Confirms US will not deal with UK Ambassador to the Country

Donald Trump, the US President, has confirmed that the American Government will no longer deal with the UK Ambassador to the country, whilst condemning the British Prime Minister’s dealing of Brexit. His decision comes following the leaking of private documents written by Kim Darroch.

Trump said on Twitter:

“I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him.”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has yet to formally respond to the President’s comments.

Donald Trump Launches Attack on British Ambassador to the United States

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has launched an attack on the British Ambassador to the country, saying that “he has not served the UK well, I can tell you that”. The comments follow the leaking of confidential documents sent by Sir Kim Darroch, the Ambassador, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade, condemned the leak of the documents, saying:

“I hope if we can identify the individual, either the full force of internal discipline – or if necessary the law – will be brought to bear because this sort of behaviour has no place in public life”.

Darroch had said in the leaked documents:

“We don’t really believe the Trump administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.”