Theresa May, the former British Prime Minister, has recommended that ex-British ambassador that labeled Donald Trump as “inept” become a lord.
After failed Brexit negotiations May stepped down in July and released her resignation honors list on Tuesday. Her list included appointing former ambassador Kim Darroch to the House of Lords.
The honor list is a long-standing tradition for outgoing prime ministers. Queen Elizabeth informally approves of the list and then letters are sent out to the nominees. Once the nominee accepts the list it is then formally approved by the Queen.
“The Queen has been graciously pleased to signify Her intention of conferring Peerages of the United Kingdom for Life upon the undermentioned,” a copy of May’s honors list of appointees reads.
Queen Elizabeth II is expected to honor the nominee along with the others on May’s list in keeping with the British tradition.
Back in July, Darroch resigned after leaked memos showed that he referred to Donald Trump as “inept,” “insecure,” and “incompetent.”
In his leaked communications, Darroch questioned whether Trump’s White House “will ever look competent.” He referred to his Iran policy as “incoherent” and “chaotic.”
This is not the first time a British ambassador has left a post or resigned because of actions against the host government,” stated the head of the Foreign Office Simon McDonald. “But usually they are governments with whom we have problematic relations, rather than friendly relations.”
Darroch wrote in his resignation letter that he had decided to quit because “the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador.”
Trump responded publicly in a way that made Darroch’s statements look spot on. Trump called Darroch a “very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool.”
In a series of tweets, Trump-branded Kim Darroch a “wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States,” adding that he was “not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy.” May’s office described the email leaks as “unfortunate” but insisted that Darroch would continue to carry out his diplomatic duties for the time being.
Then-Prime Minister Theresa May staunchly stood by the 65-year-old envoy, saying he was “only doing his job when he provided blunt assessments of the Trump administration and the political climate in Washington.” She added that his decision to step down was a “matter of great regret.”