James D. Melville Jr.'s resignation, first reported by Foreign Policy magazine, makes him the third ambassador last year to leave the State Department prematurely. He is among many senior US State Department officials who have been heading for the exits since Trump's inauguration.
In a statement, a US State Department spokesman confirmed Melville's departure
"Earlier today, the United States" Ambassador to Estonia, Jim Melville, announced his intention to open on July 29 after 33 years of public service Withdraws service from the Foreign Service, "the statement says.
Melville's resignation comes at a time of acute tensions in an alliance. That was one of the United States' strongest, most reliable, and closest relations before Trump's election.
But Trump's attacks NATO members, his trade tariffs against EU countries, his rejection of the nuclear agreement with Iran and the Paris Climate Agreement and his attacks on leading politicians such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel have thrown back US ties with Europe.
Many European officials are worried about Trump's visit to the NATO summit in Belgium in mid-July, these officials fear that the meeting In comparison, Trump's with Russian President Vladimir Putin after NATO will look like the friendlier encounter.
"The transatlantic relationship we take for granted around the table is not self-evident," said a European diplomat to CNN. "We have a big crisis now."
"It's time to go"
Foreign Policy quotes from a private post on Melville's Facebook page, where the veteran diplomat referred to the President's comments on Europe to explain his decision to retire early.
"The DNA of an External Action Service is programmed to support politics, and we have been trained from the beginning that if there ever is a point where you can no longer do it, especially if you are in leadership positions is honorable course is to resign, "the magazine quotes Melville's post. "Since I served under six presidents and eleven secretaries of state, I never thought it would reach that point for me."
"If the president says that the EU is destined to exploit the United States to attack our piggy bank," or "NATO is as bad as NAFTA," it is not just factually wrong, it also proves it. " It's time to go, "Melville said in the post.
The announcement of Melville's departure was followed by Susan Thornton, Trump's choice to be later nominated Deputy Secretary for East Asian Affairs on Friday [1
Officials said that Thornton, a distinguished career diplomat who has taken on the job of an actor since Trump's inauguration, has been notified that she will not be the candidate, and she decided to retire.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been heavily involved in Thornton's nomination for having been heavily attacked by conservatives on Capitol Hill and hardliners in the administration.
Undersecretary Pompeo shook hands with Thornton about a month ago during his testimony on Capitol Hill, saying he would make announcements about personnel, including a top diplomat for East Asia, who signaled that Thornton would no longer be
The duo is just the last foreign duty officer to enter a division where the higher ranks are decimated and even rising stars have resigned instead of serving the president.
Elizabeth Shackelford wrote that "despite the stinging disrespect that this government has shown for our profession, the State Department diplomats" continue the struggle to keep our foreign policy on a positive path to avert the global disaster in increasingly dangerous times "
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In her resignation letter, Shackelford told Tillerson that she would "humbly demand that you follow me out the door."
In January then – US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley resigned due to differences with the Trump administration and said in his resignation letter, "As a junior foreign official, I have sworn an oath to serve the president and his government faithfully, too if I did not agree with certain guidelines. "
A few days after their announcement, the White House delivered the equivalent of a slap, with the exception of Jacobson – who served as Ambassador until May – from a meeting in Mexico City between Trump and his son. Law and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and President Enrique Pena Nieto.