Britain’s ambassador to Washington told friends he was “hurt” by the leak that has wrecked his efforts to cultivate Donald Trump’s White House.
Sir Kim Darroch, 65, feared that it would in effect end his career even before the US president’s fusillades on Twitter over the past two days.
“He’s had a distinguished career — this isn’t the way he wanted it to reach the end of the line,” one ally said.
The diplomat spent yesterday in meetings on Capitol Hill trying to appear the “supreme professional”, in the words of a colleague, but will know the question is only how long he has left. Sir Kim had already planned a lengthy summer break from Washington starting this weekend and will hope that the furore…