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UK's Next Ambassador to DC Will Differ Little From Darroch

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:24 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Hours after the resignation of Sir Kim Darroch as the British ambassador to the U.S., signs were strong from London that its next envoy to Washington would be a fellow career diplomat.

It was not clear whether outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May would appoint Darroch's successor or leave the appointment to the next prime minister (who will take office July 24, when the results of balloting for leader of the ruling Conservative Party are announced).

With Darroch scheduled to retire next January, May has long signaled she would stick with a civil servant as ambassador. The name most heard as her choice is Sir Mark Sedwill, presently secretary of the cabinet and May’s national security advisor.

Also mentioned is Sir Tim Barrow, presently the UK’s ambassador to the European Union.

Boris Johnson, the favorite to succeed May as Conservative leader, said in a televised debate Tuesday that he strongly supported the UK’s apolitical civil service and it was “absolutely vital” that advice not be leaked and “politicized."

There were published reports late Tuesday night that Darroch decided to resign after watching the debate and seeing Johnson refuse to defend him from Trump’s attacks.

Johnson’s opponent, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, strongly defended the ambassador and vowed to keep him on the job if he became prime minister.

Darroch's departure comes after a barrage of tweets from President Donald Trump denouncing “the wacky Ambassador” as “a very stupid guy” and “a pompous fool.”

Furious about leaked cables from the British embassy that referred to Trump and his administration as “inept” and “incompetetent,” the president declared on Monday that Darroch would not be invited to future events at the White House.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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