David Rank, the acting US ambassador to China has resigned in protest over Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord.
There isn’t a whole lot more to this story, which is on CNN and The Hill.
“Mr. Rank made a personal decision,” a senior State Department official told CNN, stopping short of citing the climate deal developments as the reason. “We appreciate his years of dedicated service to the State Department.”But sources familiar with the decision indicated that Rank’s departure is directly tied to Trump’s controversial move to pull out of the accord.
CNN also reports that Rank, who has been a career foreign service officer since 1990, isn’t the only acting ambassador to break with Trump in the last few days.
Rank becomes the second US diplomat serving at one of the largest embassies in the world to publicly split with Trump in recent days.The acting US ambassador to the United Kingdom, Lewis Lukens, issued a statement on Twitter singling out London Mayor Sadiq Khan for praise after Trump attacked him on Twitter in the wake of the terror attacks which killed at least seven people.