United Kingdom ambassador to U.S. quits days after leaked cables criticizing Trump

President Trump speaks to reporters in Morristown N.J. on Sunday

President Trump speaks to reporters in Morristown N.J. on Sunday

"The fact that Sir Kim has been bullied out of his job, because of Donald Trump's tantrums and Boris Johnson's pathetic lick-spittle response, is something that shames our country", she said.

The leak on July 7 of classified memos written by Kim Darroch to the United Kingdom government, in which he called the Trump Administration "inept" and "incompetent", triggered a slew of personal insults from the President.

"The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy", the President wrote.

And speaking on his LBC show immediately after the news broke, James O'Brien said: "So this is what sovereignty meant then?" It's outrageous that this has happened as a product of a leak'.

James O'Brien in the LBC studio.

The leak of the diplomatic dispatches has soured relations with the Trump administration and prompted a Twitter tirade from the United States president, who described Sir Kim as a "pompous fool" and a "very stupid guy" who had been foisted on the US.

"I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S".

Sir Kim Darroch was sitting in the back of his chauffeur driven Bentley, en route home from Capitol Hill, when Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt went head to head in Tuesday night's fiery ITV debate.

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Sir Simon McDonald, the top civil servant in the British Foreign Office, called the leak "the worst breach of trust in our service in my career" and added that Britain hadn't faced this kind of problem with an ambassador to the US since 1856, "when the incumbent was accused of recruiting Americans to fight on the British side in the Crimean War".

Meanwhile Theresa May posted a Twitter message of herself with Cindy McCain, the widow of Mr Trump's political rival John McCain.

Johnson told reporters Wednesday that he "regrets" Darroch's resignation, calling him "a superb diplomat" and calling for the leaker of his diplomatic cables - who has not yet been identified - to be "eviscerated". "That's why I defended him and I think we all should", he added.

Trump predictably responded with fury to Darroch's private assessment of his White House, which he portrayed as "uniquely dysfunctional". "The whole cabinet rightly gave its full support to Sir Kim on Tuesday". He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he wasn't "the right man for that job" but said he could "help forge a better, closer relationship in terms of intelligence, security and trade with an administration that contains friends of mine".

The leaked cables were intended for the eyes of senior British ministers and civil servants, but officials believe the leaker will be found among British politicians or officials, not a foreign government.

Sir Alan, another Hunt supporter, said Mr Johnson was an "utter wimp when the crunch comes when he should be making a stand".

"[Johnson] has thrown our top diplomat under the bus...to serve his own personal interests". "Like I've said, sometimes a great story is just that; not some kind of global conspiracy".

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