“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 US ambassador to Estonia James D. Melville Jr. said in a Facebook post before resigning in frustration with President Donald Trump’s comments about, and treatment of, European allies.
Calling it a day, he 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 magazine quotes Melville’s post as saying.
“Having served under six presidents and 11 secretaries of state, I never really thought it would reach that point for me.”
Melville’s resignation makes him the third ambassador in the last one year to leave the State Department early. He is among many senior State Department officials who have headed for the exits or been pushed toward them since Trump assumed office.
His resignation comes at a time of acutely heightened tension in an alliance that, before Trump’s election, had been one of the most solid, reliable and interconnected US relationships. He announced his intent to retire from the Foreign Service effective July 29 after 33 years of public service. His resignation, first reported by Foreign Policy magazine.
Many European officials are wary about Trump’s mid-July visit to the NATO summit in Belgium. Those officials there fear that Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after NATO will look like the friendlier encounter in comparison. >