London: Boris Johnson, the favourite to succeed Theresa May as British Prime Minister, has refused to rule out firing the UK ambassador to Washington who provoked the ire of US President Donald Trump.In a televised debate on Tuesday, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is standing against Boris Johnson for the leadership of the Conservative party, reiterated his support for Kim Darroch, who was revealed in leaked cables to have criticized Trump as “inept” and “incompetent,” among other things. “I will keep (Darroch) until he’s due to retire,” he said, reported CNN.
Boris Johnson, a former Foreign Secretary, refused to go out on a limb about whether he would decide to keep Darroch on. “I won’t be so presumptuous as to assume that I’m going to be in a position to take that,” he said. “It is vital that our civil service is not politicized by people leaking what they say,” Johnson also said. “Whoever leaked that deserves to be eviscerated.” Hunt quickly responded by lashing out, describing Trump’s public criticism of the UK ambassador to the US as “disrespectful and wrong.” He also said that he would keep Darroch in post if he became Britain’s leader, and suggesting that Trump’s comments were hypocritical. (IANS)