Andrew Neil was advised to “test your info” after claiming Boris Johnson had pushed Britain’s US ambassador Kim Darroch to resign by failing to defend him throughout a televised debate on Tuesday. The British Ambassador to Washington got here beneath fireplace after incendiary feedback he had revamped President Donald Trump had been leaked to the general public. After the BBC host recommended Mr Johnson’s efficiency within the debate had influenced the diplomat’s determination to give up, the previous frontbencher hit again: “Truly I spoke to him the next day and mentioned how unhappy I used to be he had resigned and he identified that he didn’t watch it.
“You would possibly have to test your info, Andrew, earlier than you. He advised me he had not watched the present.”
Mr Neil rebuked his declare, saying sourced had recommended the Ambassador had tuned in to observe the controversy from his official residence within the American capital.
He mentioned: “He didn’t say to you that what you had mentioned – I’m advised he watched it together with his spouse within the residency.”
The pair exchanged barbs all through the interview, one of many final ones earlier than the winner of the Tory leadership contest is introduced on the finish of the month.
Mr Johnson insisted he was to not blame for Mr Darroch’s determination, claiming that “the actual culprits are the individuals who leaked that materials.” He additionally expressed his dedication to the independence of senior civil servants to “say what they wish to their political masters with out concern or favour.”
However the BBC host accused the previous Foreign Minister of getting deflectied questions all through the competition: “You’re doing what you’ve executed all through this marketing campaign.
“You get requested a query and you then go on to one thing else which is a sideline to the precise subject.
“What I’m asking you is that while you had been requested 4 occasions within the ITV debate to help our man in Washington, you didn’t achieve this. After watching it he was so dismayed by your failure to take action it was one of many causes he resigned.”
Mr Johnson additionally recommended his statements throughout the debate had been “misconstructed.”
“Though my posting will not be as a consequence of finish till the tip of this yr, I consider within the present circumstances the accountable course is to permit the appointment of a brand new ambassador.
“I’m grateful to all these within the UK and the US, who’ve provided their help throughout these troublesome few days. This has introduced dwelling to me the depth of friendship and shut ties between our two nations. I’ve been deeply touched.
“I’m additionally grateful to all these with whom I’ve labored during the last 4 many years, significantly my staff right here within the US. The professionalism and integrity of the British civil service is the envy of the world. I’ll go away it stuffed with confidence that its values stay in secure arms.”
President Trump had known as for the British Ambassador to be sacked saying he was “not appreciated or nicely considered throughout the US” and warned the White Home “will now not cope with him”.
Reacting to the information, outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May mentioned she has advised Sir Kim that it’s a “matter of nice remorse” that he has felt it essential to resign.