Kim Darroch resigns as UK ambassador to US after Trump Cables Leak

Sir Kim Darroch resigns as UK ambassador to US amid row over leaked emails critical of Trump administration

The ambassador was branded “a very stupid guy” by the US president, after emails emerged calling his administration “clumsy and inept”.

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The Foreign Office praised Sir Kim’s “professionalism and class”.

The ambassador said he wanted to put an end to speculation, adding the leak had made it “impossible” to do his job.

In a letter to the Foreign Office, Sir Kim said: “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.”

“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.”

In response to the letter Sir Simon McDonald, permanent under secretary and head of the diplomatic service, said Sir Kim had served a “long and distinguished career, with dignity, professionalism and class”.

Theresa May said it was a “matter of great regret” that Mr Darroch felt the need to resign, saying officials needed to be able to give “full and frank advice”.

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