UK’s new ambassador to US named following leaked memos scandal

Popular career diplomat Dame Karen Pierce has been named Britain’s new ambassador to the US, becoming the first woman to hold the top overseas posting.

She will take over a job vacated prematurely by Sir Kim Darroch, who resigned last summer after confidential messages offering an unflattering view of President Donald Trump were leaked.

The revelations prompted a furious backlash from Mr Trump, who called Britain’s man in Washington a “pompous fool”.

File photo dated 13/03/18 of Sir Kim Darroch
Image:Sir Kim Darroch quit as ambassador last year

Boris Johnson – who knows and likes Dame Karen – signed off on the appointment and took to twitter to praise her.

“Karen Pierce is an outstanding and accomplished diplomat and I can think of no better person to drive forward our hugely important relationship with the United States at this time,” he wrote.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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