US ambassador to Mexico to resign, amid strained relations

  • US ambassador to Mexico to resign, amid strained relations

US ambassador to Mexico to resign, amid strained relations

"After more than thirty-one years of U.S. Government service, I have come to the hard decision that it is the right time to move on to new challenges and adventures", she wrote in the memo, according to the Associated Press. "This decision is all the more hard because of my profound belief in the importance of the U.S. -Mexico relationship and knowledge that it is at a crucial moment". "And that we are stronger together", she said.

Roberta Jacobson, U.S. ambassador in Mexico, waves while marching in Mexico City's gay pride parade, June 25, 2016.

Jacobson added that she did not know who would replace her.

The US ambassador to Mexico plans to resign in May, according to a memo circulated Thursday to embassy staff, the latest in a string of senior diplomatic departures from the region - and more broadly from the State Department.

Rumors say Trump plans to nominate former AT&T Chief Executive Ed Whitacre as the next ambassador to Mexico, the Mexican newspaper Reforma reports.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told them about Jacobson's resignation on February 17.

Steve Goldstein, the deputy under secretary of State for public diplomacy, said Thursday that Jacobson agreed to stay in her role until May to facilitate the transition process.

Two years straight, she marched in Mexico City's Pride Parade. In that role, she was a key broker in the agreement to re-establish US diplomatic relations with Cuba. She understands better than anyone the importance of the ties between our countries and the daily impact this relationship has on the lives of Americans.

"At the same time, you would see her speak up every time a journalist was killed in Mexico".

After a deadly quake last September, she accompanied a USA rescue crew to the site of a collapsed office building in the capital where dozens of people were killed.

The Trump administration has selected a nominee to replace Jacobson but has not released the name, according to a USA official with knowledge of the decision who was not authorized to comment publicly and who discussed the matter on the condition of anonymity. In his resignation letter this year, Mr. Feeley said he was leaving a long career in the government service because he felt he could no longer serve Mr. Trump. "She was just focusing on what could be achieved, not getting into the noise of the relationship, actually just focusing on bringing the two countries together". "She is a stellar government official. she was a great partner. and she will be sorely missed and I think the relationship losses her at a trying moment", he says.

Among those leaving are several high-ranking officials with deep experience in Latin America, including Thomas A. Shannon Jr., the third-highest ranking official in the State Department.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry praised Jacobson on Twitter for her contributions to U.S. foreign policy.