United Kingdom ambassador to Washington Kim Darroch to resign after leaked cables
According to the Wall Street Journal, Kim Darroch, a senior career diplomat and British ambassador to Washington D.C. since 2016, will resign from his position amid diplomatic controversy with President Trump. The leaked diplomatic cables that were sent by Mr. Darroch included statements by the ambassador in which he describes the Trump administration as “clumsy” and “inept.” According to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Darroch also criticized the Trump administration’s policies on Iran and trade. ~
According to the Wall Street Journal, the resignation was probably due to President Trump’s criticism of the ambassador, calling him “very stupid” and “wacky.” The President’s tweet Tuesday stated that “The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy,” and then added, “I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool.” ~
Darroch was disinvited from a function on Monday at the White House and will elect not to attend a British trade delegation event on Tuesday as originally planned. According to British Prime Minister Theresa May, who spoke about the issue at a cabinet meeting Tuesday morning, ambassador Darroch reportedly still had full support from the British government, so it remains unclear if any reasons other than the diplomacy feud between President Trump and Darroch had a play in his resignation. ~
According to the Wall Street Journal, President Trump’s comments about the ambassador are likely to cause an early dilemma of U.S.- U.K. relations for the next British prime minister, which will be announced on July 23. ~
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