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UK ambassador to US quits
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UK ambassador to US quits

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London, Jul 11 : Senior British diplomat and ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch has tendered his resignation after a row over leaked emails which were critical of President Trump's administration.

The US president had branded him "a very stupid guy" after confidential emails emerged where the ambassador had called his administration "clumsy and inept". In a letter to the Foreign Office, Sir Kim said he wanted to end speculation about his position: "The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like."

His resignation has prompted widespread support for Sir Kim as well as criticism of Tory frontrunner Boris Johnson. Sir Kim decided to resign after Mr Johnson refused to support him during the Tory leadership debate on Tuesday night, Whitehall sources said.

According to a report in CNN, Darroch clearly felt he had no choice but to resign after Johnson wouldn't commit to retaining him in the post after the unauthorized disclosure of the ambassador's secret cables calling the Trump administration "inept." Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May had offered Darroch her full support, but Johnson, who is pally with Trump, already calls the shots in Westminster. (UNI)