Kim Darroch: effectively sacked by Johnson on the orders of Trump

John Bercow

While May gave her full backing to Darroch, her potential replacement as prime minister, Borish Johnson, declined to explicitly support the diplomat and instead emphasized the need for maintaining good ties with Washington.

Trump responded by insulting May and calling Darroch "wacky".

"I think it's slightly different if you're the key man in Washington DC", he added.

Britain's ambassador to Washington resigned Wednesday after being targeted by US President Donald Trump following the leak of highly critical diplomatic cables.

Sir Kim Darroch shocked Westminster on Wednesday by quitting his top post after his memos that criticised the White House were leaked.

Labour former foreign secretary David Miliband gave his support to Sir Kim as a "true public servant".

Kim Darroch said in a letter that even though his posting was due to end this year, he believed "in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador".

His resignation has set off a flurry of finger pointing and accusations in London.

Theresa May, the U.K.'s outgoing prime minister, said she regretted Darroch's resignation.

Mr McDonald gave evidence to the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday and told MPs that even hostile states had not forced the departure of a United Kingdom ambassador in his 37 years in the department.

Mr Darroch announced his resignation from the post on Wednesday morning after the president called him "pompous" and "stupid" in a series of tweets.

Hunt, who is vying with Johnson to replace May as leader of the ruling Conservative party and thus prime minister, on Tuesday condemned Trump's outbursts as "disrespectful and wrong". And Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson posted on twitter that "the diplomatic corps have to be protected and defended or we degrade the whole service".

"It is not right that civil servants' careers and prospects should be dragged into the political agenda", Johnson said.

- Ben Bradshaw (@BenPBradshaw) July 8, 2019 People I trust, competent, well placed friends, suspect Kim Darroch is victim of a dark conspiracy and that Farage gets his job under Johnson. I wonder who might have been behind such a thing.

Others were less restrained.

Independent MP Nick Boles, who resigned from the Conservative Party this year, tweeted that Mr Johnson was "already responsible for a grievous blow to the UK's worldwide reputation".

"He has basically thrown this fantastic diplomat under the bus to serve his own personal interests", Duncan said. I'm a great supporter of Kim's.

An inquiry is under way into who leaked the memos, and why.

In fact, the scuttlebutt in the British diplomatic and journalistic community is that the cables were leaked deliberately to a pro-Brexit scribe close to Farage and published in a pro-Trump tabloid in order to shaft Darroch and pave the way for a successor who would be more aligned with the Trump dispensation.

But Ms Maitlis countered that Sir Kim had made the comments in a private memo to the Goverment. "Like I've said, sometimes a great story is just that; not some kind of global conspiracy".

The uproar over Darroch's behavior began when The Daily Mail reported on Sunday that Darroch had used secret cables and briefing notes in which he had slammed Trump and his administration.

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