U.S. Ambassador to Estonia resigns over Trump anti-Europe rants

30 Juin, 2018, 20:55 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters in Brussels

US ambassador to Estonia, has resigned due to frustration over President Donald Trump's comments about the European Union as well as the administration's treatment of USA allies, The Hill reported Friday. "Having served under six presidents and 11 secretaries of state, I never really thought it would reach that point for me", he wrote, echoing what other senior diplomats have said in their public resignations over the a year ago and a half.

A career diplomat whose career began 33 years ago, Melville has served as ambassador to Estonia since 2015.

Melville wrote: "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".

The Trump administration has angered other world nations, including some allies, by implementing tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the U.S. And, on Thursday, it was reported Trump had urged French President Emmanuel Macron to withdraw his country from the European Union, suggesting the U.S. and France could then possibly negotiate a better bilateral trade deal.

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According to Foreign Policy, his colleagues in the State Department stressed the seriousness of a diplomat as senior as Melville stepping down over domestic politics.

But it has reached that point, he said, after Trump bashed America's European allies, where Melville has spent the majority of his career. The same month, another well-regarded diplomat, Elizabeth Shackelford, left her job, blaming the administration's abandonment of human rights as a priority and its general disdain for diplomacy. "Spain, France. It's not fair what they've done to the United States", Trump told reporters on Friday, aboard Air Force One, reiterating his demands for a two percent contribution of a nation's overall GDP to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. In December 2017, for example, the us ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, resigned and several months later wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post slamming the president and his foreign-policy stances.

Last November, Elizabeth Shackelford, an award-winning USA diplomat based in Nairobi, wrote to former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a blistering resignation letter saying that the Trump administration had diminished the influence of State Department with its preference for military solutions.

"It's not fair what they've done to the United States", he said.

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