Published: Sat, July 13, 2019

"Answer the bloody question!" Boris Johnson heckled over USA ambassador stance

Sir Kim Darroch's emails were released to the Mail on Sunday last weekend and revealed he had called Donald Trump's administration "clumsy and inept". However, you are now also responsible for diverting busy detectives from undertaking their core mission.

Memos from Darroch describing the Trump administration as inept were leaked to a British newspaper, infuriating the US president, who launched a Twitter attack on both the envoy and outgoing prime minister Theresa May, who had given Darroch her full support.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said there was a "clear public interest" in bringing the perpetrator to justice given the damage caused to Britain's worldwide relations.

He urged whoever was responsible to turn themselves in and "face the consequences".

President Trump hit back and denounced him as a "very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool", vowing he would never work with him in his position as ambassador.

Jeremy Hunt has spoken out about the leaker who cost Britain's U.S. ambassador his job and said they "must be held fully to account".

"I would advise all owners, editors and publishers of social and mainstream media not to publish leaked government documents that may already be in their possession, or which may be offered to them, and to turn them over to the police or give them back to their rightful owner, Her Majesty's Government".

Mr Osborne, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, tweeted that to maintain credibility the Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, should distance herself from "this very stupid and ill-advised statement from a junior officer who doesn't appear to understand much about press freedom".

However, former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the leak was a clear breach of the Official Secrets Act and the police were entitled to try to prevent further disclosures.

"There were lots of factors in his resignation and I would suggest President Trump's response, and the President had actually banned him, made it very hard for him to do his job".

After Darroch's resignation, a diplomatic source told Reuters that a lack of support from Johnson during a televised debate with his rival for the premiership, foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, had been a factor in the envoy's decision to quit.

"I fear there may be more", he said.

Mr Johnson refused to confirm Sir Kim would remain USA ambassador during an ITV debate with leadership rival Jeremy Hunt.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson has defended his comments in the ITV debate, after he was accused by angry Tory MPs of throwing Sir Kim "under the bus".

After Trump said he would no longer work with Darroch, and he was disinvited from several events, the British ambassador resigned on Wednesday.

The new prime minister will be named on July 23 and take office the following day.

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