A U.S. Foreign Service officer slammed the Trump administration and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a letter announcing her departure from the State Department.
In the letter, which was first reported by Foreign Policy, Elizabeth Shackelford criticized the administration for the “stinging disrespect” she argues it shows the diplomatic corps.
“I have deep respect for the career Foreign and Civil Service staff who, despite the stinging disrespect this Administration has shown our profession, continue the struggle to keep our foreign policy on the positive trajectory necessary to avert global disaster in increasingly dangerous times,” Shackelford writes.
“With each passing day, however, this task grows more futile, driving the Department’s experienced and talented staff away in ever greater numbers,” Shackelford added.
Shackelford was most recently stationed in Nairobi, Foreign Policy noted, and officially left the State Department last Friday.
Tillerson in recent weeks has defended his leadership of the State Department in the face of critics who have pointed to low morale among staff, the hiring freeze and staff changes.
In her letter, Shackelford called on Tillerson to stand up for employees of the State Department and to display “leadership and a commitment to our people, our mission, and our mandate as the foreign policy arm of the United States.”
“If you are unable to do so effectively within this Administration, I would humbly recommend you follow me out the door,” she added.