UK PM May says she regrets resignation of ambassador to United States

Theresa May. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters London Jul 10, 2019, 05.55 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that she regretted that Britain's ambassador to the United States had felt the need to resign, adding that officials needed to be able to give "full and frank advice".

Kim Darroch resigned on Wednesday after Donald Trump labelled him "stupid" and "wacky" following the release of confidential memos from the envoy in which he branded the US president's administration inept.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the House of Commons that he too regretted the resignation.

Memos from Darroch were leaked to a British Sunday newspaper, infuriating Trump who launched a stinging Twitter attack on both the envoy and May who had given him her full support.

The souring of relations between Britain and the United States comes at a particularly unwelcome time for London, which is mired in the details of how and when to leave the European Union, a departure currently scheduled for October 31.

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Kim Darroch resigned on Wednesday after Donald Trump labelled him "stupid" and "wacky" following the release of confidential memos from the envoy in which he branded the US president's administration inept.