Top aide to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo resigns

12 Octobre, 2019, 11:16 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Michael Mc Kinley told colleagues he was leaving for personal reasons

Michael McKinley, a career diplomat and senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has resigned from his position amid rising dissatisfaction and plummeting morale inside the State Department over what is seen as Pompeo's failure to support personnel ensnared in the Ukraine controversy.

A senior officer who has held a range of diplomatic posts, including ambassador to Afghanistan, Colombia and Peru, McKinley was serving as ambassador to Brazil previous year when Pompeo recruited him as a policy adviser and a conduit between his office and the career service.

A person familiar with the situation said McKinley felt that Pompeo had been a positive force when, compared with his predecessor Rex Tillerson, in terms of encouraging alternative views within the department, as well as lifting a Tillerson freeze on promotions and prohibitions against spouses working overseas.

Concern has been especially high for Marie Yovanovitch, the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine whom Pompeo recalled from her post when a right-wing media campaign accused her of disloyalty.

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Pompeo was expected to issue a statement Friday announcing his departure.

House Democrats have issued a subpoena to Pompeo for documents as part of their probe, which centers on a July 25 call Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he pressed for an investigation into former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democrat seeking the party's nomination in the 2020 presidential election. "A lot of the career people who are devoted to furthering the best interests of the United States, devoting themselves to upholding the values of the United States, feel that those values are being undermined by the way the department is run, that the career people, the real professionals are being undermined and people are making a decision they're not going to put up with it anymore", Schiff said. "When the State Department employees are doing things right, when they're behaving in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and working on President Trump's and America's mission, I'll always stand with them; I'll always have their back".

Pompeo declined to elaborate.

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