British Ambassador quits after leaked memos spur Trump attack

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July 11, 2019 - 10:28 AM

British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

LONDON — Washington’s “special relationship” with Britain has had its ups and downs under Donald Trump. But this week, to the disbelieving eyes of many observers across the Atlantic, it seemingly was turned on its head.

Britain’s ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch — Sir Kim to his compatriots — resigned Wednesday, following a leak of brutally frank diplomatic cables he wrote about Trump and, in response, a storm of invective from the president.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Trump called the veteran envoy, who rose from working-class roots to a highly lauded diplomatic career lasting four decades, “wacky,” “pompous” and a “very stupid guy.” In the leaked cables, Darroch referred to Trump as “inept” and his administration as “chaotic.”

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