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Sir Kim Darroch Resigns As British Ambassador To The United States

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 10/07/2019 Ned Simons
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Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as British ambassador to the United States following the leak of secret diplomatic cables.

In a statement issued on Wednesday morning, he said it was now “impossible” . for him to do his job.

The leak has soured relations with the Donald Trump administration and prompted a Twitter tirade from the US president.

He described Darroch as a “pompous fool” and a “very stupid guy” who had been foisted on the US.

Boris Johnson last night refused to rule out sacking Darroch if he becomes prime minister as expected.

The ambassador had described the Trump administration as “inept”, “incompetent” and “uniquely dysfunctional” in Foreign Office memos handed to the Mail on Sunday. 

Darroch said today: “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.”

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