Roberta S. Jacobson, who serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, is planning for her resignation in May. Jacobson was one of the most experienced Latin America experts in the State Department, having spent most of her 31 years there focusing on the region.
In 2015, Jacobson was appointed by President Barack Obama to be Ambassador to Mexico after actively serving her position as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
In her departure letter, Jacobson says:
“I have come to the difficult decision that it is the right time to move on to new challenges and adventures.”
“This decision is all the more difficult because of my profound belief in the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship and knowledge that it is at a crucial moment.”
Jacobson departs at a tense moment in relations between Mexico and the United States, with President Trump vowing to force Mexico pay to build a wall between the countries, pledging to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement and promising to deport millions of Mexicans who crossed the border illegally, according to the New York Times. This ongoing feud between the two countries could possibly be the reason why Jacobson has decided to leave her post.
Trump’s aggressive behavior abruptly changed the generally warm relations that the United States had developed with Mexico over the last 25 years. During this period, Jacobson was left working with her Mexican counterparts to assuage growing concern — and anger — at the new president’s tough talk. But things quickly took a turn for the worse. As NYT reports, “diplomacy on Mexico was being routed through the White House, via the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, which left Jacobson with less authority.”
Jacobson’s extensive experience and connections in the country were crucial assets for our nation. Now, Trump will have to replace the experienced ambassador, and we all know how this song and dance works. Trump’s replacement will more than likely do more harm than good for the country.
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