British Ambassador Resigns After Leaked Criticism of Trump

US President Donald Trump

His comments came after Trump took to Twitter to point the finger at Theresa May in light of a recent political scandal around leaked memos by UK Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch, in which he specifically called the US President "inept" and "incompetent".

Britain's ambassador to Washington resigned on Wednesday after Donald Trump labeled him "stupid" and "wacky" following the release of confidential memos from the envoy in which he branded the U.S. president's administration inept.

Hours after an enraged Trump virtually declared him a persona non grata in Washington, calling him a "stupid guy" and a "pompous fool", Darroch sent in his resignation to the British foreign office saying his position had become untenable.

In a statement released on Wednesday morning, Darroch acknowledged the "great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining term as ambassador".

Farage said this week he was not the right man for the job, but on Wednesday, after Darroch's resignation, tweeted: "The right decision, time (to) put in a non-Remainer who wants a trade deal with America".

Sir Kim Darroch said yesterday he was stepping down six months earlier than planned because it had become "impossible" to carry on his duties amid the row over the secret memos. He had been due to leave his post at the end of the year.

Prime Minister Theresa May said it was a "matter of regret" that Darroch resigned. I have been deeply touched.

"You are the best of us", McDonald added.

The diplomat had described Donald Trump and his administation as insecure, inept and dysfunctional.

Diplomatic sources were quoted in the media saying that Mr Darroch chose to resign after watching Boris Johnson, the front runner to become the next Prime Minister, fail to give his unequivocal backing to the ambassador in a televised debate between the two leadership candidates on Tuesday night. He praised Darroch for behaving "as you always behaved over a long and distinguished career, with dignity, professionalism and class" and lamented how he'd been "the target of a malicious leak" when "simply doing your job".

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There will now be white hot anger across the Foreign Office and in parliament - not just at the leaker and Trump, but also at Johnson.

That broadside against Britain and its leader, long a staunch USA ally, drew a sharp rebuke Tuesday from British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said Trump's comments were "disrespectful and wrong".

"I criticised him as foreign secretary", he said. "I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him".

"US Ambassador Darroch has resigned and Trump got what he wanted" tweeted Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi.

The leaked cables were intended for the eyes of senior British ministers and civil servants, but officials believe the leaker will be found among British politicians or officials, not a foreign government.

The 2010 publication by WikiLeaks of tens of thousands of classified and sensitive documents had a direct impact on at least three USA ambassadors, including one, Carlos Pascual, who resigned as envoy to Mexico over fallout from cables critical of then-Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

It led to a scathing tirade from the United States president.

It seems the deliberate leaking of Kim Darroch's email was aimed at undermining him, so the new unelected Tory PM can appoint a Trumpian patsy to Washington. "You're the very finest of us".

Since the European Union referendum, Nigel Farage and other Brexit fanatics have accused civil servants of a conspiracy to frustrate Brexit.

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