British ambassador critical of Trump resigns after leak of secret cables

July 10, 2019 by Ben Marquis

The relationship between the United States and United Kingdom hit a bit of snag in recent days following the selective leak of less-than-complimentary internal remarks from the British ambassador about President Donald Trump and his administration.

The individual who clearly was no fan of what he called the “clumsy and inept” Trump administration — Ambassador Kim Darroch — has now tendered his resignation, according to the U.K. Foreign Office, though it is unclear when his replacement will be named.

Leaked cables

Fox News reported Wednesday that Darroch’s resignation was announced just days after cables featuring his unflattering commentary on the Trump administration were leaked by British media on Sunday.

The U.K. Foreign Office didn’t dispute the authenticity of the remarks and merely chastised the “mischevious behavior” that led to their public release.

Indeed, the U.K. government made it clear that Darroch still had the “full support” of outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, even as she issued a statement more or less apologizing for the remarks and reassuring President Trump that all remained well with regard to the U.S./U.K. relationship.

Resignation letter

Darroch said in his resignation letter on Wednesday that “the current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.”

“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,” he wrote.

The ambassador further noted that the current situation “has brought home to me the depth of friendship and close ties between our two countries.”

Darroch added that he was “grateful to all those in the U.K. and the U.S., who have offered their support during this difficult few days.”

Prime Minister May reportedly expressed her “regret” on Wednesday that Darroch had chosen to resign. He won’t be leaving just yet, though, as Darroch will likely remain in his position in Washington D.C. until a replacement is named by the prime minister, whether May or her eventual successor.

Trump’s disdain

However, Darroch probably won’t have very much to do while he remains in D.C., as President Trump announced in a Twitter thread about the situation that while he did not know the ambassador personally, he understood him to be “not liked.”  Trump added that the U.S. will “no longer deal with ” Darroch.

It will be interesting to see how the U.K. handles this situation going forward and who will get the honor of being appointed the next ambassador to the U.S. Hopefully, it will be someone with a more agreeable approach toward the Trump administration and an abiding respect for the deep and longstanding relationship between the two nations.