Sir Kim Darroch Bio
Sir Nigel Kim Darroch is a senior British diplomat, who since January 2016 has been British Ambassador to the United States.
Sir Kim Darroch says what everyone with half a brain can see for themselves … so Farage “demands” the Ambassador´s recall. Just who does he think he is?https://t.co/2FmIOuO28B
— BremainInSpain #FBPE (@BremainInSpain) July 7, 2019
Sir Kim Darroch Age
He is 65 years old
Sir Kim Darroch Wife
Sir Nigel Kim Darroch was Married to Vanessa Claire Darroch in 1978.
Sir Kim Darroch Biography
Darroch was born in the village of South Stanley in County Durham on 30 April 1954. He was educated at Abingdon School and at Durham University (Hatfield College), from where he graduated with a BSc in Zoology in 1975. Darroch married in 1978 to Vanessa, currently a teacher at the British International School of Washington. He has two children, Simon, a geologist based at Vanderbilt University who also studied at Durham, and Georgina, a botanist.
Sir Kim Darroch Career
Darroch joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1976. He was appointed to the Diplomatic Service in 1980 to serve as a First Secretary in Tokyo from 1980 to 1984. He served in a number of posts, including as desk officer for the Channel Tunnel project and co-secretary of the UK-French Channel Tunnel Treaty Group, as private secretary to David Mellor and then The Lord Glenarthuras the FCO’s Minister of State from 1987 to 1989, and as Counsellor for External Affairs at the British Permanent Representative to the European Union for a year before being promoted to Director as head of the FCO’s press office in 1998.
In 2000, Darroch moved back to policy work as Director of EU Comd, and in 2003 promoted further to be Director-General, Europe. In 2004, he transferred to 10 Downing Street, as Head of the Cabinet OfficeEuropean Secretariat, where he served as the Prime Minister’s principal advisor on European affairs. After three years, Darroch was appointed to replace Sir John Grant in Brussels, as British Permanent Representative to the European Union in 2007 for a four-year term.
He served as the British government’s second National Security Advisor from January 2012 to September 2015. On 24 June 2011, it was announced that Darroch would replace Sir Peter Ricketts as National Security Advisor in January 2012, with Sir Jon Cunliffe selected as Darroch’s replacement as Permanent Representative to the European Union.
Sir Kim Darroch Ambassador to the United States
The Foreign Secretary moved to prevent damage to the transatlantic relationship caused by the disclosure of candid and sensitive cables from Sir Kim Darroch, the UK’s ambassador to Washington https://t.co/jbtUME2KbI
— PA Media (@PA) July 7, 2019
On 7 July 2015, the Foreign Office announced that Darroch would be replaced by Sir Mark Lyall Grant in September 2015, with Darroch moving to a different diplomatic post. On 20 August 2015, the Foreign Office announced that his new role would be as the Ambassador to the United States, replacing Sir Peter Westmacott from January 2016.
In November 2016, following the US election, a memo by Darroch to Prime Minister Theresa May was leaked in which he said the President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, could be influenced by the British government. The following week, Trump tweeted that Nigel Farage should serve as British ambassador to the United States, which was rejected by Downing Street, which said that there is no vacancy and that the UK has “an excellent ambassador to the US”. Darroch was in London the next day for consultations with May that were said to have been long planned.
On 7 July 2019, secret diplomatic cables from Darroch to various members and officials of the UK government, dating from 2017 to 2019, were leaked to the Mail on Sunday, including statements such as the Trump administration was ‘inept and insecure’. The leak may cause serious diplomatic damage.
Sir Kim Darroch Personal Life
Darroch lists his recreations as squash, skiing, sailing and cinema,
Sir Kim Darroch Honours
Darroch was appointed a Companion of Order of St. Michael & St. George (CMG) in the 1997 New Year Honours, and as a Knight Commander (KCMG) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
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Kim Darroch Leaked Emails
Excl: Nigel Farage calls for Sir Kim Darroch to be sacked as UK ambassador to the US after leaked memos revealed he called the Trump White House ‘inept’ and ‘uniquely dysfunctional’.
Britain’s Ambassador to Washington has described Donald Trump as ‘inept’, ‘insecure’ and ‘incompetent’ in a chain of explosive memos to Downing road.
Sir Kim Darroch, one of England’s pinnacle diplomats, used mystery cables and briefing notes to impugn Trump’s individual, caution London that the White residence became ‘uniquely dysfunctional’ and that the President’s profession could result in ‘shame’.
His bombshell comments chance angering the notoriously thin-skinned President and undermining the UK’s ‘special dating’ with us.
In the memos, seen by The Mail on Sunday following an unprecedented leak, Sir Kim:
- Describes bitter conflicts within Trump’s White House – verified by his own sources – as ‘knife fights’;
- Warns that Trump could have been indebted to ‘dodgy Russians’;
- Claims the President’s economic policies could wreck the world trade system;
- Says the scandal-hit Presidency could ‘crash and burn’ and that ‘we could be at the beginning of a downward spiral… that leads to disgrace and downfall’;
- Voices fears that Trump could still attack Iran.
In one of the most sensitive documents, Sir Kim writes: ‘We don’t really believe this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.’
He also says that he doesn’t think Trump’s White House will ‘ever look competent’.
In reference to Trump’s ability to shrug off controversies in a life which has been ‘mired in scandal’, he says that the President may nonetheless ’emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like [Arnold] Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator’.
US Govt Launched Inquiry on leaked emails
The Trump administration has been labelled “inept” in leaked emails from the UK ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch, which he sent to Washington. How damaging could these comments be for the UK/US relationship? pic.twitter.com/UhcdUVbrn8
— LBC (@LBC) July 7, 2019
The government has begun an inquiry into a leak of emails from the UK ambassador in Washington which deemed the Trump administration “inept”.
In the messages, Sir Kim Darroch said the White House was “uniquely dysfunctional” and “divided” under Donald Trump.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the memos reflected Sir Kim’s “personal view”, not that of the UK government.
The White House has yet to respond to the memos’ contents.
The Foreign Office said the leak to the Mail on Sunday was “mischievous”, but did not deny the accuracy of the memos. A spokesperson confirmed a formal leak investigation would be launched.
In the emails, Sir Kim said: “We don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.”
He questioned whether this White House “will ever look competent” but also warned the US president should not be written off.
My counterparts in London got a look at secret diplomatic cables from the British ambassador to the U.S., Sir Kim Darroch, about Trump and his White House. They’re not pretty. https://t.co/lk19efT20v via @MailOnline
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) July 7, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Sir Kim Darroch used secret cables to impugn Trump’s character
- The top diplomat warned London President Trump’s career could end in ‘disgrace’
- Bombshell comments risk angering the notoriously thin-skinned US President
- He describes bitter conflicts in White House as ‘knife fights’, sources confirmed
- And claims the President’s economic policies could wreck the world trade system
- Says Presidency could ‘crash and burn’, ‘we could be at the start of downward spiral’
— Ken Cox ? (@KenCox) July 7, 2019