Kim Darroch resigns as United Kingdom ambassador to USA after leaked Trump comment

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and her husband George arrive for a dinner on the eve of Donald Trump's Inauguration

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and her husband George arrive for a dinner on the eve of Donald Trump's Inauguration

Boris Johnson, frontrunner to become next prime minister, would be the "patsy" of U.S. President Donald Trump if his lack of support for British ambassador Kim Darroch prompted his resignation, a Labour spokesman said on Wednesday.

"Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador", Darroch said in a statement.

"I think it's very important we should have a close partnership, a close friendship with the United States", said Johnson, whom Trump has praised in the past.

Theresa May has been left dismayed by the resignation, telling MPs that his departure was a "matter of great regret", adding: "The whole cabinet rightly gave its full support to Sir Kim on Tuesday". 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.

After learning of Darroch's assessment of him, Trump responded on Twitter by calling Darroch "a very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool", and had declared he would "no longer deal" with him.

Diplomatic memos he had written were released earlier this week questioning whether the White House "will ever look competent" under Mr Trump and referring to its "incoherent, chaotic" foreign policies.

In one of the memos leaked Sunday, Darroch described the USA administration as "diplomatically clumsy and inept", and said he doubted it would become "substantially more normal".

When asked why he did not support Sir Kim during Tuesday night's debate, Mr Johnson said he "didn't think it was right to drag public servants" careers into the [political] arena this way'.

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"The fact that Sir Kim has been bullied out of his job, because of Donald Trump's tantrums and Boris Johnson's pathetic lick-spittle response, is something that shames our country", she said.

"I wouldn't use the language President Trump used, and I wouldn't agree with it", he said.

Mr. Trump has yet to comment on Sir Kim's resignation. "Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States".

By resigning, Sir Kim clearly wanted to put an end to an extraordinary chapter in the so-called special relationship.

Darroch, a career diplomat who was previously Britain's envoy to the European Union, had been accused by some Brexit supporters of being biased towards the bloc. "We remain committed to the US-UK Special Relationship and our shared global agenda". The fracas not only highlighted Trump's now well-established hypersensitivity to any kind of criticism - even in what is widely seen in the diplomatic community as boilerplate reports that ambassadors send home - but also underscored Trump's public intervention in British politics and the British right-wing Brexiteers embrace of Trump.

He said he regretted how an "outrageous leak caused this".

The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that it was "shameful" the diplomat had "effectively been forced out".

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