New US Ambassador has been appointed

New US Ambassador has been appointed

Dame Karen Pierce will take over the role, becoming the first woman to take on the post

Boris Johnson has appointed a new British ambassador to the United States amid reports of a furious row with President Donald Trump over Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Dame Karen Pierce, currently the UK permanent representative to the United Nations, will become the first woman to hold the post, Downing Street said.

She replaces Sir Kim Darroch, who was forced to stand down last year after diplomatic cables he wrote criticising the Trump White House were leaked to the press.

Her appointment comes amid reports that the president was "apoplectic" at Mr Johnson's decision last week to give Huawei a role in building the UK's 5G network.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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