Trump 'wishes Sir Kim Darroch well' after suggesting UK ambassador never actually criticised him

Donald Trump has said he wishes Britain’s ambassador Sir Kim Darroch well following his resignation over his leaked diplomatic cables.

Sir Kim resigned on Wednesday saying his position as envoy to Washington had become “impossible” after Mr Trump branded him a “very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool”.

The US president claimed on Friday that he had been told that Sir Kim had actually said “some very good things” about him, and claimed the ambassador “was sort of referring to other people” in making negative remarks about the White House.

He warned, however, that the British needed to stop their “leaking problems” following the transatlantic war of words in recent days.

“I wish the British ambassador well, but they have got to stop their leaking problems there just like they have to stop them in our country.” he told reporters in Washington.

Mr Trump had been enraged by Sir Kim’s leaked dispatches branding his administration as “inept” and “dysfunctional”.

Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson has come under fire from a number of his party’s MPs, who accuse him of betraying the UK’s ambassador in a transatlantic spat.

Some Tories said Mr Johnson had thrown Sir Kim “under the bus” when he failed to give the ambassador his support in a TV debate after Mr Trump launched a war of words against the envoy.

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