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Hunt Urges UK Diplomats to Speak Freely After Darroch's Resignation


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Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:54 GMT

UK Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt has called on British diplomats to freely express their opinion "without fear or favour," Reuters reported. This comes shortly after Kim Darroch resigned as the British ambassador to Washington following Trump's bitter comments.

Darroch resigned on July 10th after Trump lashed out at him on Twitter, describing him as "wacky," “a stupid guy” and a "pompous fool." He also said earlier that the US will no longer deal with him. This came as Darroch had described the US administration, in memos from him that were leaked to a British newspaper, as "dysfunctional" and "diplomatically clumsy and inept."

"Please keep speaking up without fear or favour, remembering that the UK government alone will determine appointments based on our national interest alone," Hunt said in a message to staff at the British foreign office. "I want you to know that you will always get all the support you need to carry out your vital work," Hunt added.

On July 10th, the US State Department affirmed the "special relationship" between the US and the United Kingdom, saying that it is, "bigger than any person." "The United States and the United Kingdom share a bond that is bigger than any individual and we look forward to continuing that partnership. We remain committed to the US-UK Special Relationship and our shared global agenda," a State Department spokesperson said.