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BORIS JOHNSON was blasted as “Trump’s lap dog” by Labour MPs after he failed to back Sir Kim Darroch who resigned as British ambassador to the US.
The Tory leadership hopeful faced mounting criticism today for neglecting to stand up for Mr Darroch following a row with Donald Trump over leaked emails criticising the US President’s administration as “clumsy and inept.”
Mr Trump called the ambassador “a very stupid guy” following the leak, which was described as “malicious” by Sir Simon McDonald, permanent under secretary and head of the diplomatic service.
In his resignation letter to Mr McDonald, the ambassador said he wanted to end speculation surrounding his position and that the current situation made it “impossible” for him to continue.
“Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador,” wrote Mr Darroch.
Mr Johnson has now come under fire for refusing to guarantee that he would stay in position if he became prime minister.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the Commons he regretted the resignation of Mr Darroch.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said: “The fact that Sir Kim has been bullied out of his job, because of Donald Trump’s tantrums and Boris Johnson’s pathetic lickspittle response, is something that shames our country.
“It makes a laughing stock out of our government, and tells every one of Britain’s brilliant representatives abroad that the next Tory prime minister will not stand up for them, even when they are simply telling the truth and doing their job.”
Labour MP Ben Bradshaw said: “The shameful forcing out of Kim Darroch after Johnson failed to back him shows Johnson as PM would be nothing more than Trump’s lap dog.
“What a humiliating prospect for our United Kingdom.”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also criticised the frontrunner to replace Theresa May in No 10.
She said: “It is shameful that Kim Darroch has effectively been forced out for doing the job that diplomats are appointed to do.
“Boris Johnson’s failure last night to stand up for him — and stand up to the behaviour of Donald Trump — spoke volumes.”
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