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Boris Johnson, the favorite to succeed Theresa May as U.K. prime minister, said the departure of Britain’s ambassador to the U.S. has been politicized as he sought to deflect criticism of his reaction to the transatlantic diplomatic spat.

The envoy, Sir Kim Darroch, quit Wednesday after leaked diplomatic cables in which he wrote about Donald Trump in unflattering terms sparked a volley of tweeted insults from the U.S. president.

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