Boris Johnson claims he supports Kim Darroch amid Tory criticism

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Conservative frontrunner said he rang former envoy as fellow MPs accuse him of a lack of leadership

Boris Johnson has claimed he fully supports the outgoing UK ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, a day after it was reported that his previous repeated and public refusals to do so had convinced the diplomat he had no choice other than to resign.

Darroch chose to step down as the country’s envoy in Washington on Wednesday amid a diplomatic row over leaked diplomatic cables that showed him criticising Donald Trump. Johnson, a former foreign secretary, was accused of throwing Darroch “under the bus” after he refused to say he would leave him in place if he became prime minister during a Tory leadership debate on Tuesday.

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Source: theguardian