US Ambassador to Estonia Steps Down From Post Comments of US President Trump

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The U.S. ambassador to Estonia has stepped down from his post over frustrations with the comments of US President Donald Trump regarding the European Union and his treatment of the European allies of Washington.

In a private Facebook message that was posted last Friday, James D. Melville said: “For the President to say 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 ambassador was referring to the recent comments of Donald Trump during news conferences and on his posts on social media.

He emphasised that a foreign service officer of the U.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 honourable course is to resign.”

Melville is a senior career diplomat of the United States who has served as the American ambassador in the Baltic nation and NATO member of Estonia since 2015. He has served at U.S. Embassies in London, Moscow, and Berlin, among other postings.

He wrote: “Having served under six presidents and 11 secretaries of state, I never really thought it would reach that point for me.” He was referring to a career with the State Department that began in the mid-1980s.

On Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn confirmed to The Associated Press that Melville has “announced his intent to retire from the Foreign Service effective July 29 after 33 years of public service.” The agency did not elaborate on the matter.

Foreign Policy magazine said that Melville is one of the many senior diplomats of the United States who have stepped down from their post because of the policies of Donald Trump.