Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador to the US, has left Washington after a row over leaked memos that were critical of Donald Trump, according to a UK official briefed on the matter.
The senior diplomat resigned from his post last month after diplomatic cables where he called the US president “incompetent”, “inept” and “insecure” were made public.
It prompted sharp criticism from Mr Trump, who labelled the ambassador “wacky” and “very stupid”. Sir Kim’s position became untenable after the president warned he would “no longer deal with him”.
Sir Kim left Washington this week, with deputy ambassador Michael Tatham assuming the role as acting head of mission, according to a UK official.
Resigning from his post in July, Sir Kim said: “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.”
Sir Kim will remain a Foreign Office employee and has returned to the UK.
Boris Johnson will now appoint a new ambassador to the US as he seeks to secure the relationship between the two countries. The prime minster is due to meet Mr Trump for the first time since he assumed office this weekend at the G7 meeting in Biarritz.
The two have spoken by phone a number of times since he became prime minister, with their latest conversation on Friday.
According to officials, they discussed global trade issues during the call, and this is expected to form the basis of their face-to-face in France.
Source: SKY NEWS