Theresa May on outgoing UK Ambassador to US: 'We owe him an enormous debt of gratitude'

Theresa May on outgoing UK Ambassador to US: 'We owe him an enormous debt of gratitude'
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British Prime Minister Theresa MayTheresa Mary MayLabour's loss should tell Democrats not to tack too far to the left Is Corbyn handing Brexit to Boris Johnson? Boris Johnson is under pressure to stand up to Trump on climate change MORE praised the country's outgoing ambassador to the U.S. Wednesday after he announced his resignation

May told Parliament that she had spoken with Kim Darroch, saying she regrets his departure and that the entire Cabinet supports him. 

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“Sir Kim has given a lifetime of service to the United Kingdom and we owe him an enormous debt of gratitude,” May said. 

Darroch’s resignation comes days after leaked cables showing him criticizing President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE as “incompetent” and “inept” exacerbated tensions between Washington and London.

Trump responded by hammering Darroch as a “very stupid guy” and “pompous fool” and said he would “no longer deal” with him. He later froze him out of a dinner he was scheduled to attend Monday night with the emir of Qatar and other top advisers.

Darroch said after the cables were leaked and Trump’s criticism that “the current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.”

Foreign Office chief Simon McDonald said he accepted Darroch's resignation with “deep personal regret.”

“Good government depends on public servants being able to give full and frank advice. I want all of our public servants to have the confidence to be able to do that and I hope the House will reflect on the importance of defending our values and principles, particularly when they are under pressure,” May said.

Darroch’s resignation this week means that May will be able to choose his replacement before she steps down at the end of the month.