UK Ambassador Who Called Trump 'Dysfunctional' Resigns

Clay Curtis
July 11, 2019

But the U.S. president said in a series of tweets on Monday that his administration would "no longer deal with him". You demonstrate the essence of the values of British public service.

Expectedly, Farage, who had helped Trump in the 2016 US Presidential elections, was quick to call for the sacking of the British envoy hours after the leaked cables.

The Intercept's Robert Mackey wrote Tuesday that "the president's angry denunciation of the previously obscure diplomat. was so predictable, it looked to some observers like the intended outcome of a plot, hatched in London, to depose the ambassador in Washington by leaking his confidential briefing notes".

"We don't really believe this Administration is going to become substantially more normal", Darroch wrote, according to the newspaper.

Like his predecessors, Darroch was a prominent figure in Washington, meeting frequently with high-level USA officials and hosting parties at the stately British Embassy. He disliked how the White House has dealt with Iran, writing that their policy was "incoherent, chaotic", adding, "It's unlikely that USA policy on Iran is going to become more coherent any time soon".

In response to Darroch's resignation Wednesday, Guardian columnist Owen Jones tweeted: "We're on course to become the 51st state of Donald Trump's U.S., with Boris Johnson as his consul".

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".

The U.K. government has stood behind Darroch amid the diplomatic firestorm whipped up after the leak.

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Darroch's grand residence in northwest Washington became a go-to gathering spot for Trump administration officials.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry claimed Mr Darroch had "been bullied out of his job, because of Donald Trump's tantrums and Boris Johnson's pathetic lick-spittle response". "Whoever is the president of the United States, we have to have a strong relationship with them". This has brought home to me the depth of friendship and close ties between our two countries.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "Boris Johnson's failure last night to stand up for him - and stand up to the behaviour of Donald Trump - spoke volumes".

And while Boris Johnson's hesitation in backing him was a factor in Darroch's resignation, it was not the main reason.

Trump himself had previously suggested that Nigel Farage, now leader of the Brexit Party, would be a good choice as ambassador, irritating British officials.

The ambassador, who has worked in the diplomatic service for 42 years, said it had become "impossible" to perform his duties and would resign ahead of his planned retirement to end "speculation" over his role.

It's unclear whether May will have time to name a replacement before she leaves office later this month.

Former prime minister Sir John Major warned that if a senior diplomat was "thrown to the wolves" it would damage the relationship between an incoming prime minister and the civil service. "History shows that there are often bespoke procedures for filling the embassy in Washington, DC", he said.

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