The ‘self-important’ diplomat Trump made important with a few ...

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The ‘self-important’ diplomat Trump made important with a few tweets

The inside story on the UK ambassador whose leaked comments on the White House have rocked the 'special relationship'

Camilla Tominey

Sir Kim Darroch’s very public Twitter drubbing by President Trump did not sit well with a man who spent nearly four decades cultivating a career as one of Britain’s most accomplished diplomats. So much so that he resigned on Wednesday, saying “it was impossible to carry on”.

Nicknamed “Kimbo” at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which he joined in 1977, the UK’s ambassador to the US had, until last week, gone virtually unnoticed as he climbed up the ranks of the Civil Service to become the frontman for Britain’s “Ferrero Rocher” offensive in America.

According to one Conservative source, the “somewhat self-important” 65-year-old, who was knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2008, would not take kindly to being described as a “wacky ambassador”, a “very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool” by the commander-in-chief after leaked memos revealed his disdain for the White House...

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