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Sir Kim Darroch, HM Ambassador to United States of America, to resign

Sir Kim Darroch, HM Ambassador to United States of America, to resign

Britain's ambassador to the United States resigned today after being made a diplomatic nobody by President Donald Trump following the leak of the envoy's unflattering opinions about the USA administration.

A day before Darroch's resignation Downing Street said he "continues to have the prime minister's full support", adding that "we have made clear to the USA how unfortunate this leak is" and that "the selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship".

It followed a tirade of abuse by Mr Trump who branded him a "very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool" and said the administration would have no further dealings with him.

But he refused to say whether he would keep Sir Kim in post, and instead he told the ITV debate: "It is vital that our civil service is not politicised by ministers leaking what they say".

Downing Street said yesterday that officials had held "initial discussions" with the police about whether the leak inquiry could become a criminal investigation.

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to become prime minister, said that Darroch is a superb diplomat and that public servants should not be dragged into the political agenda.

Darroch's future as the UK's ambassador came up as one of the issues in a bad-tempered television debate between the two rival candidates to succeed May as Conservative party leader and United Kingdom prime minister later this month. "I'll never let another country's leader choose who represents the United Kingdom". 'He has basically thrown this fantastic diplomat under the bus to serve his own personal interests'.

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 main opposition Labour Party said Darroch had been bullied out by Trump and because of Johnson's "pathetic lickspittle response". "I am sure that those comments by Boris Johnson may well have played a factor in his ultimate decision to resign", he told BBC Radio 4's The World at One.

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"Kim Darroch did an outstanding job as Ambassador and sorry to see he has resigned his post".

In confidential memos dating from 2017 to the present, Darroch, 65, had said reports of in-fighting in the White House were "mostly true".

In his resignation letter, Sir Kim said: 'The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like'.

He went on, "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 have told him that it is a matter of great regret that he has felt it necessary to leave his position", May told Parliament. "The whole cabinet rightly gave its full support to Sir Kim on Tuesday".

Despite being stung by a wave of criticism Mr Johnson insisted he was "a great support of Kim's".

"History shows that there are often bespoke procedures for filling the embassy in Washington, DC", he said.

"It's a very serious situation because the consequences for the relationship with the United States, which were already hard under the current president, are clearly very significant". Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president's daughter and son-in-law, both senior advisers in the West Wing, frequented his parties, as did former White House press secretaries Sarah Sanders and Sean Spicer.