British ambassador to US resigns over memo leak

British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch resigns | Alex Wong/Getty Images

British ambassador to US resigns over memo leak

London calls the diplomat’s departure ‘a matter of great regret.’ Washington says it was ‘probably the right course.’


7/10/19, 1:11 PM CET

Updated 7/10/19, 3:31 PM CET

LONDON — Britain’s ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch, resigned Wednesday saying it was impossible to carry on in his role following a leak of diplomatic memos criticizing Donald Trump’s administration.

Darroch had been due to leave the post at the end of the year, but said in a letter to Simon McDonald, the civil servant who runs the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, that the “responsible course” was to allow the appointment of a new ambassador.

“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,” Darroch said in the letter, which was released to the media by the FCO.

The resignation comes after the U.S. president, whose administration Darroch described as “inept,” launched an attack on the U.K. ambassador over the confidential cables leaked to a Sunday newspaper.

Trump described the diplomat as “wacky” and “a pompous fool” foisted on the U.S. by Britain, in a series of tweets which also criticized Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit negotiating strategy.

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