Barely three days after drawing United States President, Donald Trump’s anger for criticizing his administration in leaked confidential cables to London, Britain’s ambassador to Washington Kim Darroch has said he is resigning.
“The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like,” Darroch wrote in his resignation letter. “I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador.”
Recall that Trump a few days ago said Darroch has “not served the UK well” as he hit back following the leak of confidential internal memos that presented an unflattering portrait of the president and his administration.
According to reports, the Foreign Office had earlier ordered an inquiry into the leaking of the cables, written by the ambassador, Kim Darroch, in which Trump’s White House was described as “uniquely dysfunctional” and “inept”.
Darroch said in the memos that media reports about vicious administration rows (“knife fights”, as he put it) were mostly true. He cast doubt on whether the Trump regime would ever become more stable, described the president as insecure, and suggested Trump’s career might end in disgrace.
When reporters asked him about the controversy in New Jersey last Sunday Trump said: “The ambassador has not served the UK well, I can tell you that. We are not big fans of that man … I can say things about him, but I won’t bother.”
Reports further added that Darroch’s comments were made in a series of briefings sent to London over the past two years, which were published by the Mail Online on Sunday. Although Darroch’s assessments are in line with a lot of mainstream commentary on the Trump regime, the publication of such remarks from the UK’s top diplomatic representative in the US is an embarrassment.