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U.K. ambassador to U.S. resigns after email leak of him calling Trump admin “inept”, “incompetent”

July 10, 2019

On Wednesday, the U.K. Foreign Office announced that the ambassador to the U.S. Sir Kim Darroch has resigned from his post following leaked emails in which he called the Trump administration “inept” and “incompetent.”

“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,” Darroch wrote in a letter to the Foreign Office.

“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.”

This follows a series of tweets and criticisms from President Donald Trump who called Darroch “a pompous fool” and “very stupid” and said that he would “no longer deal with him.”

Prime Minister Theresa May said she had talked to Darroch and told him it was “a matter of great regret that he has felt it necessary to leave his position.”

“Sir Kim has given a lifetime of service to the United Kingdom,” May told members of Parliament, “and we owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. Good government depends on public servants being able to give full and frank advice.”

“I want all our public servants to have the confidence to be able to do that,” May added, “and I hope the house will reflect on the importance of defending our values and principles, particularly when they are under pressure.”

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn came to Darroch’s defense, saying the treatment of the ambassador was “beyond unfair and wrong” and praised his “honorable and good service.”

“The whole house should join together in deeply regretting the feeling he’s got that he must resign at this moment,” said Corbyn.

– MK. II

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