The latest diplomat to leave the U.S. State Department says “disrespect” is driving talented professionals out of the foreign service.
In her resignation letter, Elizabeth Shackelford says the Trump administration has shown a disdain for diplomacy. “The consequences will affect our global leadership and status abroad for many years to come,” she said.
Shackelford joined the State Department in 2010. Her diplomatic resume includes work in Somalia, South Sudan, and Poland.
She says the White House has shifted authority for U.S. foreign policy to the military “to the detriment of our nation.”
Widely respected in diplomatic circles, Shackelford urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to “stem the bleeding by showing leadership and commitment” to the department’s mission. “If you are unable to do so effectively within this administration,” she said, “I would humbly recommend you follow me out the door.”
You can read the full text of Shackelford’s resignation letter at Foreign Policy.