Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s ambassador to Washington, has resigned from his position after his leaked comments depicted him as criticising Donald Trump, President of the United States.
Darroch made his decision known in a letter to the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office, which was made public on Wednesday.
British newspaper, The Mail on Sunday, published a series of leaked files from 2017 till date, which detailed the outgoing UK ambassador’s view of President Trump and his administration.
Darroch had, according to the leaked documents, labelled the US President as “inept”, “insecure” and “incompetent”, and wondered whether this White House “will ever look competent”.
The outgoing ambassador explained that the uproar that his leaked comments had generated made it untenable for him to effectively function in his position as the UK’s top diplomat to the US.
The letter read: “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.”
The revelations irked President Trump, who in return described Darroch as a “stupid” guy, adding that he had never liked him as the ambassador of Washington’s ‘special partner’.
The US President also branded Theresa May, the outgoing UK Prime Minister, as “foolish” for not following his advice during the Brexit negotiation.
Reacting to the resignation. May said it was a “matter of great regret” that Darroch felt the need to resign, saying officials needed to be able to give “full and frank advice”.
In his own direct response to the resignation letter, Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Undersecretary and Head of the UK Diplomatic Service, said Darroch had served a “long and distinguished career, with dignity, professionalism and class”.
Born in 1954, Darroch has had a 42-year diplomatic career, he has specialised in national security issues and European Union policy.
Darroch, who has served in various diplomatic capacities, was appointed the UK ambassador to the US in January 2016, a year before Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.