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Sir Kim Darroch resigns as UK ambassador to US

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Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, as a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump's administration escalates.

The US president had branded him "a very stupid guy" after emails emerged where the ambassador had called his administration "clumsy and inept". Theresa May said Sir Kim's departure was "a matter of deep regret". He said he wanted to put an end to speculation about his role and the leak had made it "impossible" to continue.

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." He told the Commons' foreign affairs committee it was the first time in his career that a head of state had refused to work with a British ambassador, after President Trump said the US would "no longer deal with" Sir Kim.

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