Following days of terrible headlines, UK Ambassador to the United States Sir Kim Darroch has resigned, saying that the bad press has made it too difficult for him to handle diplomacy to the best of his ability.
“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,” said Darroch in a letter to the UK’s Foreign Office. “I want to put an end to that speculation.”
Darroch said that the leak, which was published by the Daily Mail this weekend, made it “impossible” for him to continue serving the country.
The ambassador came under fire after the Mail published leaked emails in which Darroch said of the U.S.: “We don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.”
Dating from 2017, the emails also recorded Darroch as saying the “infighting and chaos” at the White House were in line with reports from the media.
President Trump wasted no time replying to the ambassador’s leaked missive on Twitter.
“The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy,” Trump said. “He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled. I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster! I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far.”
UK government leaders were, themselves, diplomatic about Darroch’s departure. Prime Minister Theresa May said it was a “matter of great regret” that Darroch was resigning.
“Sir Kim has given a lifetime of service to the United Kingdom and we owe him an enormous debt of gratitude,” she said.