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Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, as a row over leaked emails critical of Pre

Sir Kim Darroch: UK ambassador to US resigns in Trump leaks row

Theresa May said Sir Kim's departure was "a matter of deep regret" after the ambassador said it was "impossible" for him to continue.

Meanwhile, one minister said Boris Johnson had thrown Sir Kim "under a bus" by not fully supporting him.

President Trump said on Monday that the US would not deal with Sir Kim.

The US president had branded him "a very stupid guy" after 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.

"Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador."

The leak was described as "malicious" by Sir Simon McDonald, permanent under secretary and head of the diplomatic service, who told Sir Kim: "You are the best of us."

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