Less than a week after the diplomatic feud over leaked cables calling Donald Trump ''insecure'' and ''incompetent'', the British ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, resigned his position in Washington Wednesday.
His decision to quit comes after several angry tweets by Donald Trump in which he branded the ambassador ''wacky'', '''stupid'', and ''a pompous fool.'' On top of that, our President officially refused to work with the ambassador and even uninvited him from a dinner Trump was hosting along with the Emir of Qatar.
In a follow-up tweet earlier this week, Trump offended the outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May accusing her of the failure of the Brexit negotiations. Trump emphasized that she failed because she did not follow his advice on how to do the deal.
In a letter to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Sir Kim wrote that given the increasing speculations, it would no longer be possible for him to carry out his role.
Kim Darroch also highlighted that for the first time in his long diplomatic career, a Head of state had refused to work with a British ambassador.
In a statement to the House of Commons, Theresa May expressed her support to Sir Kim saying that she deeply regretted to hear he felt it necessary to quit his position. In addition to that, May also noted that it was vital for the diplomats to be able to speak their minds.
Sir Simon McDonald, the most senior government official at the Foreign Office, echoed her words, asserting that Darroch did not break any protocols by expressing his sincere opinion about Trump's administration.
According to Nigel Sheinwald, a former British Ambassador to the U.S. between 2007 and 2012, the lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic should realize the difference between a minister and a public servant.
Sheinwald explained that diplomats should be able to analyze the administration dispassionately and should be courageous enough to defend the best interests of the United Kingdom. He also added that diplomats are not appointed according to political convictions as they were supposed the serve the government of the day.
In Scheinwald's view, the United Kingdom should not allow President Trump to choose the next British ambassador to Washington.
Reportedly, Sir Kim took his final decision to leave after watching the Conservative leadership debate on Tuesday in which Boris Johnson repeatedly avoided to support him publicly. However, after his resignation, Johnson branded him ''a super diplomat.''
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