Former British ambassador to the U.S. Sir Kim Darroch referred to Donald Trump's 2018 decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal as "diplomatic vandalism" last year, suggesting that the decision was made because the president
disliked that the agreement was signed by his predecessor, President Barack Obama, The Daily Mail reported on Saturday, citing leaked diplomatic cables. The memo was reportedly sent from Darroch to former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in May 2018, after Johnson had
traveled to Washington in a last-ditch bid to convince the Trump White House to remain in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. Those efforts were unsuccessful and Darroch wrote to Johnson, saying Trump was "set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism." He reportedly suggested that Trump's disdain for Obama, "personality reasons," was a primary motivator behind the withdrawal. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after he announced his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House on May 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Chip
"It's not news that the U.S. and UK differ in how to ensure Iran is never able to acquire a nuclear weapon; but this does underline that we do not shy away from talking about our differences and working together," a spokesman for the UK Foreign Office told CNN when asked about the latest leaked cable. "That is true of the current tensions in the Gulf where we, the UK, are in close contact with our American and European allies to de-escalate the situation."
Darroch resigned from his role as ambassador last week after The Daily Mail leaked other diplomatic correspondence written by the British envoy to his government. In those cables, the diplomat referred to Trump and his administration as "inept," "incompetent" and "insecure." He wrote that British leaders should not expect the Trump administration to become "substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept."
Trump attacked Darroch, calling him a "very stupid guy" and vowed that his administration would no longer work with him. The president also criticized outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May, despite the longstanding so-called "special relationship" between Washington and London. As a result, Darroch chose to resign, saying he did not see how he could continue to carry out his duties effectively.