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Trump’s Divisive Rhetoric Causing Diplomatic Chaos with Crucial Allies

The staffing issues of the Trump administration have been documented well, but there has been an apparent lack of personnel expressing disgust in their resignations. Officials of various levels have left Trump and his team, but not many have made it publicly clear that they left because they disagree with Donald Trump.

However, there are some exceptions. An article from Foreign Policy says:

The U.S. ambassador to Estonia, James D. Melville Jr., a career diplomat and member of the senior foreign service ranks, announced to friends Friday that he was resigning amid a string of controversial comments President Donald Trump made about U.S. allies in Europe.

Melville, who has served as a diplomat for 33 years and as ambassador to Estonia since 2015, was due to retire soon but said in a private Facebook post announcing his retirement that Trump’s behavior and comments accelerated his decision.

“A Foreign Service Officer’s DNA is programmed to support policy and we’re schooled right from the start, that if there ever comes a point where one can no longer do so, particularly if one is in a position of leadership, the honorable course is to resign,” Melville’s post said. “Having served under six presidents and 11 secretaries of state, I never really thought it would reach that point for me.”

Melville continued, “For the President to say the EU was ‘set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank,’ or that ‘NATO is as bad as NAFTA’ is not only factually wrong, but proves to me that it’s time to go.”

The report from FP said the Facebook post “surprised several State Department officials who worked with Melville, describing him as a consummate professional who never let domestic politics impact his job.”

Although this is important on its own, let’s also remember Melville isn’t the first ambassador who chose to quit instead of supporting this president’s team.

For example, John Feeley stepped down in March as the United States’ ambassador to Panama, and wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post shortly after, “I resigned because the traditional core values of the United States, as manifested in the president’s National Security Strategy and his foreign policies, have been warped and betrayed. I could no longer represent him personally and remain faithful to my beliefs about what makes America truly great.”

It has only been one and a half years since Trump took office. These probably won’t be the last of these statements from officials leaving the administration.

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