UK Ambassador Who Called Trump ‘Inept’ And ‘Dysfunctional’ Resigns

on October 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch speaks during an annual dinner of the National Economists Club at the British Embassy October 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Federal Reserve Chair... WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch speaks during an annual dinner of the National Economists Club at the British Embassy October 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave a lecture on "Monetary Policy Since the Financial Crisis." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Britain’s ambassador to the United States resigned following a tumultuous week of jabs from President Trump after memos he penned — in which he barraged the Trump administration — leaked to British media over the weekend.

According to CNN International and British media, Kim Darroch’s resignation was announced by the United Kingdom Foreign Office on Wednesday.

“The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like,” Darroch reportedly wrote to the UK Foreign Office . “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.”

The White House offered a mild reaction to the news on Wednesday morning.

I think the reality was that in light of the last few days his ability to be effective was probably limited, so it was probably the right course,” Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short told reporters. 

The resignation follows Trump’s declaration that the U.S. would not longer work with Darroch, who, according to the leaked memos called the Trump administration “inept” and “dysfunctional,” among other things. After the leak over the weekend, UK Prime Minister Theresa May called the situation regrettable.

Trump responded by insulting May and calling Darroch “wacky.”

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  1. A couple of things are distressing about this:

    One is, who leaked the documents with what intent, because the ambassador wasn’t wrong, just inappropriate?

    Two, why is Trump’s reaction to this cause for a foreign government to release someone from employment? Is he now able to control foreign governments and their representation? Why did UK act so swiftly against someone merely telling the truth and getting a hatchet job against the ambassador at the same time?

    Trump is already destroying our country. Is his mission to take down everyone else with us?

  2. ‘1600’ better hope that BoJo wins.

  3. I guess trump will brag about it and believe he fired another enemy of the great one.

  4. Yes. At least all the Western Liberal Democracies.

  5. The GOP base is destroying the country. They voted for Trump and will gleefully vote for some future version of him down the road.

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