The Sift Here’s what we’re Sifting today

U.K. ambassador resigns after insulting Trump

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/10/19, 10:32 am

The British ambassador to the United States resigned Wednesday following a diplomatic row over his criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump in leaked diplomatic cables. In his resignation letter, Kim Darroch said he hoped to put an end to the speculation surrounding his official position. “The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like,” he wrote.

Darroch’s leaked comments referred to some of Trump’s policy decisions as “incoherent,” and he asked whether the White House would “ever look competent.” On Tuesday, Trump retorted on Twitter that Darroch is a “very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool.”

Simon McDonald, head of the U.K. Diplomatic Service, thanked Darroch for his work and said he was victim of “a malicious leak.” British Prime Minister Theresa May also called the resignation a matter of regret, saying that “good government depends on public servants being able to give full and frank advice.”


Read more from The Sift Sign up for The Sift email
Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

Read more from this writer

Comments

  • CaptTee's picture
    CaptTee
    Posted: Wed, 07/10/2019 01:17 pm

    It makes sense that he resign, since his usefulness as a diplomat for his country has been severely comprimised.

    I wonder what will happen to the person who leaked the diplomatic cables?

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Wed, 07/10/2019 02:56 pm

    "I wonder what will happen to the person who leaked the diplomatic cables?"

    Probably not much. Leakers seem to skate by, except for David Daleiden.

  • GMR
    Posted: Wed, 07/10/2019 01:23 pm

    The only Person who will never disappoint us is The God of the Bible Himself.

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 07/10/2019 04:53 pm

    I don't understand. 

    Did God disappoint you?

  • Matt1344
    Posted: Wed, 07/10/2019 03:14 pm

    It is a sad state of affairs when a diplomat cannot freely express his views of a foreign government, ally or not, in private to his own government. That the ambassador had to resign is an unfortunate blow to candor in a world of easily hurt feelings.

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 07/10/2019 04:52 pm

    Diplomat: a person who can deal with people in a sensitive and effective way. 

    Sounds like the British ambassador has been hanging out with people who have Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    I wish there was a cure for that. 

  • Matt1344
    Posted: Thu, 07/11/2019 04:07 pm

    Darroch: "incoherent," "ever look competent."

    Trump: "very stupid guy," "pompous fool."

    To me, the clearly less diplomatic (and presidential) is our President. Trump has done some good things, but it would be nice not to have another bottom-of-the-barrel election. We need to aim much higher.

ADVERTISEMENT