Diplomats shaken for now after Britain's US ambassador quits

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, British Ambassador Kim Darroch hosts a National Economists Club event at the British Embassy in Washington. Britain's ambassador to the United States resigned Wednesday, July 10, 2019, just days after diplomatic cables criticizing President Donald Trump caused embarrassment to two countries that often celebrate having a "special relationship." The resignation of Kim Darroch came a day after Trump lashed out at him on Twitter describing him as "wacky" and a "pompous fool" after leaked documents revealed the envoy's dim view of Trump's administration. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, FIle)
A vehicle is seen parked outside the entrance to the British Embassy in Washington, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. British ambassador to the U.S., Kim Darroch, resigned Wednesday, just days after diplomatic cables criticizing President Donald Trump caused embarrassment to two countries that often celebrated having a "special relationship". (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The British Embassy in Washington, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. British ambassador to the U.S., Kim Darroch, resigned Wednesday, just days after diplomatic cables criticizing President Donald Trump caused embarrassment to two countries that often celebrated having a "special relationship". (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON — The abrupt resignation of Britain's ambassador to the United States over leaked cables critical of the Trump administration may have jolted official Washington, but it's unlikely to have a lasting impact on the U.S.-British relationship or diplomatic practice.

Current and former American and European diplomats say the leak of Ambassador Kim Darroch's sensitive reports is unfortunate and alarming, particularly given the apparent political motive behind it. Yet, they believe any complications will be temporary even as they create short-term turbulence in relations or difficulties for American diplomats overseas.

Some suggest President Donald Trump's caustic reaction to the cables proves Darroch's point and that it would have been irresponsible for the ambassador not to have provided his honest opinion of the government of a close ally to his bosses in London.

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