United Kingdom ambassador to USA resigns amid Trump row

British diplomats worry the blowback over the revealed confidential cables will put colleagues off providing

British diplomats worry the blowback over the revealed confidential cables will put colleagues off providing"unvarnished views More

US President Donald Trump lashed out for a second day at Britain's ambassador to the United States on Tuesday, describing him as "wacky" and a "pompous fool", after a leak of emails critical of the American administration. "I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador".

Trump fired off a series of tweets about Ambassador Kim Darroch hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May gave the veteran diplomat her continued support. "A disaster!" Trump tweeted.

Sir Kim quit as Britain's man in Washington today after it emerged he had called Donald Trump "inept" and the current White House "uniquely dysfunctional".

"We have made clear to the USA how unfortunate this leak is".

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Sir Simon also said that the government was not excluding the possibility of the memos having been obtained through hacking, possibly by a hostile state actor.

When Trump said this week he would no longer deal with Darroch, Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for the New York Times, tweeted: "Hardest hit - the myriad Trump aides who went to Darroch parties and private meals (and invited him to their parties)".

February 2017 - May says Trump's order temporarily banning people from a number of Muslim-majority countries is "wrong" and "divisive".

In the diplomatic fallout that has ensued, Mr Trump called Sir Kim "a very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool" and said the United States could no longer work with him.

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The Intercept's Robert Mackey wrote Tuesday that "the president's angry denunciation of the previously obscure diplomat. was so predictable, it looked to some observers like the intended outcome of a plot, hatched in London, to depose the ambassador in Washington by leaking his confidential briefing notes".

In a fresh volley of tweets on Tuesday morning, Trump again condemned Darroch, and renewed his criticism of the prime minister over her Brexit negotiations, which he had praised on his state visit to the United Kingdom just over a month ago.

In his rebuke, Trump said the United States would no longer deal with the ambassador. "We'll see if President Trump claims that as a victory when it happens". "I think it's very important that we have a strong relationship with our most important ally", he said.

"His sort of disregard for Sir Kim Darroch and his refusal to back him was, in my view, pretty contemptible, but also not in the interests of the country he is trying to lead".

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"This is such a damaging - potentially damaging - event that I hope the full force of our internal discipline, or even the law, will come down on whoever actually carried out this particular act", the U.K.'s worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox, the man charged with building up the U.K.'s trading relationships for the post-Brexit era, told the BBC.

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