U.S. Ambassador to Estonia to Resign
This will be the third U.S. ambassador to resign in 2018.
In a private Facebook message that was shared with NBC News, U.S. Ambassador James D. Melville Jr. says he will retire on July 29.
Melville wrote, “A Foreign Service Officers DNA is programmed to support policy and we’re schooled right from the start, that if there 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 retires after more than three decades of service. Meaning he has served under six different Presidents.
A spokesperson from the U.S. Department of State confirmed the news.
The breaking point.
Melville stated that comments made by President Donald Trump on Wednesday about the European Union spurred his decision to step down. During a rally, Trump said that the E.U. “was set up to take advantage of the United States. And you know what, we can’t let that happen.” The statement did not sit well with Melville.
“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 its time to go,” Melville wrote.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson also left this year as a direct result of issues with the Trump administration.