Donald Trump’s latest controversy has been well publicised this week, after the UK’s ambassador in Washington had his analyses of the current US administration leaked to the public.
Sir Kim Darroch called Trump’s government “clumsy and inept” in a private email to a colleague in parliament. Downing Street has already come out in defence of Darroch.
Darroch will now no longer meet the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump as scheduled on Tuesday.
Today, Trump has fought back in classic style, via Twitter.
The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 9 July 2019
But, who is Sir Kim Darroch?
Sir Nigel Kim Darroch is the senior ‘British Ambassador to the United States of America’ – a role he has served since January 2016.
Born in South Stanley, Durham on 30th April 1954, he graduated Durham University with a degree in Zoology in 1975.
The following year, he joined the Foreign Office and served in senior roles in Whitehall, as well as abroad in Japan, France and in the European Union.
Darroch received his Knighthood in the 1997 New Year Honours list.
In 2000, he became Director of EU Comd, and in 2003 Darroch was promoted further to be Director-General for the whole of Europe.
From 2004 onwards, he served in various roles for 10 Downing Street, in several secretarial roles linking the government to the EU.
In 2011, he became the National Security Advisor – a role he served until moved to the USA.
Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, amid a row over leaked emails critical of President Donald Trump’s administration.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has expressed deep sadness at the resignation of Sir Kim Darroch as the British Ambassador to the USA
Hunt said: “I am deeply saddened by Sir Kim Darroch’s decision to resign as Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Washington. For 42 years, Sir Kim served his country with the utmost dedication and distinction.
“His career took him from Tokyo to Brussels, from Downing Street – where he became National Security Adviser – to our Embassy in Washington. If one theme ran through all his endeavours, it was his unswerving devotion to upholding the interests of the United Kingdom, in the best tradition of British diplomacy.
“In that spirit, he brought dispassionate insight and directness to his reporting to ministers in London. Whenever I visited Washington as Foreign Secretary, I was struck by Sir Kim’s professionalism and intellect. I am outraged that a selection of his reports should have been leaked.
“I am sure that our Ambassadors worldwide will continue to provide the objective and rigorous reporting that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has always prized. I profoundly regret how this episode has led Sir Kim to decide to resign. He deserves to look back upon his career as a servant of Britain with the greatest satisfaction and pride.”