Kim Darroch quits as United Kingdom ambassador over leaked comments criticizing Trump

British Ambassador Kim Darroch hosts a National Economists Club tournament at the British Embassy in Washington D.C., October 20, 2017.

Boris Johnson is facing a furious backlash after Britain's ambassador to the United States quit following the leak of diplomatic dispatches critical of Donald Trump's White House.

As the spat between the two allies intensified, Trump said he would no longer deal with the "very stupid" Darroch and called May "foolish".

"MPs obviously are partisan but we still think that they are prepared to respect convention, and what you've seen in Brexit is people caring so much about their version of the future that they sort of butt through convention".

"Many figures in the civil service have had a very tough problem in promoting British interests because they are so embedded in the idea that we should be in the European Union".

Appointing ambassadors usually involves a formal civil service process with advertisements, applications and interviews, though Simon McDonald, head of Britain's diplomatic service, said the post of ambassador to the USA wasn't always chosen that way. "There is a need for reassurance and reflection".

July 10 - Darroch resigns as UK ambassador to the United States, saying "the current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like".

What does Darroch's quick demise say about the special relationship and where does it leave Britain's standing on the world stage just as it's divorcing from the EU? "I would not employ such language", he said.

"Tell him the U.S. now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger", he wrote, adding, "Thank you, Mr. President!"

"I hope the Foreign Office and the entire apparatus of government will look after him, appreciate his merits and make sure he can be redeployed somewhere else for the benefit of our United Kingdom".

In Europe, especially Britain, a more frank style is encouraged.

The leaking of sensitive, private cables has sent shockwaves through the diplomatic community in Washington. -British relationship or diplomatic practice.

Speaking anonymously, another diplomat who's now serving told the Times "it could have been any of us". White Home officials said here's an example of the roughly treatment Darroch will doubtless receive within the aftermath of the leak.

"If I were a diplomat working in Washington today, I would certainly be careful about expressing things in my own voice", he said. "I will ensure you get it", he added.

CNN has reached out to sources close to Darroch for comment, but has not had a response.

The Foreign Office is investigating whether a member of the government leaked the diplomatic cables.

Johnson has deplored the leak, but in a TV debate Tuesday night he declined to support Darroch, which many analysts believe led to the ambassador's resignation. But he said he had criticized Trump before and would do so again if needed. He stepped up his criticism by saying he would "no longer deal with" Darroch who was disinvited from a Monday dinner with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the emir of Qatar.

Mr Nigel Sheinwald, a former British ambassador to the U.S., called Mr Trump's treatment of Mr Darroch "vindictive and undignified", adding that the President has repeatedly taken advantage of a government weakened by the Brexit stalemate.

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