Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The UK's Ambassador to the United States resigns after row with Trump

The UK's Ambassador to the United States has sensationally quit after a blistering row with Donald Trump over a leaked memo.

Sir Kim Darroch bowed to pressure today just hours after Boris Johnson - who's set to be Prime Minister in two weeks' time - refused to guarantee he could keep his job.

President Trump branded Sir Kim "wacky" and "stupid" after the top diplomat branded his White House "inept" in a leaked memo dating back to 2017.

Theresa May who spoke to Sir Kim Darroch on the phone minutes before he quit and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stood by the Ambassador saying it was vital diplomats speak freely in private.

But MPs today blamed Boris Johnson for "shamefully forcing out" the envoy by refusing to back him in an ITV debate last night.

Friends of Sir Kim said he decided the game was up after watching the Tory leadership contender's comments in the TV showdown.

Furious Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan said Mr Johnson was guilty of "contemptible negligence" and had "thrown this fantastic diplomat under the bus to serve his own personal interests". WAWU!