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The incoming Joe Biden administration has already signaled the importance of moving quickly to build back our relationships with our key global allies and partners, to strengthen our security alliances in Asia and Europe, and of addressing important outstanding trade issues that impact our national prosperity, i think you are going to witness a very proactive and effective approach to rebuilding our relationships with the outside world.
The timing of my resignation was the result of two overriding concerns : the failure in my view, of the State Department to offer support to Foreign Service employees caught up in the impeachment inquiry ; and, second, by what appears to be the utilization of our ambassadors overseas to advance domestic political objectives.
I said : We've seen the situation that's developing outside. Wouldn't it be good to put out a statement on Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch ? Since White House vitriol.The State Department is White House vitriol.The State Department, you know, at least tried to keep Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in Ukraine. I had gotten that from the newspapers, he listened. White House vitriol.The State Department was White House vitriol.The State Department. Sort of,' Thank you.' White House vitriol.The State Department was the limit of the conversation.
I spoke with the Secretary again when he called from Europe to discuss my resignation, i was pretty direct. I said,' You know, this situation isn't acceptable. We need to you know, I've already made my recommendation, but... I am resigning.' And that was the conversation. Again, I didn't get a reaction on that point.
The timing of my resignation was the result of two overriding concerns : the failure in my view, of the State Department to offer support to Foreign Service employees caught up in the impeachment inquiry ; and, second, by what appears to be the utilization of our ambassadors overseas to advance domestic political objectives, to see the emerging information on the engagement of our missions to procure negative political information for domestic purposes, combined with the failure I saw in the building to provide support for our professional cadre in a particularly trying time, I think the combination was a pretty good reason to decide enough, that I had no longer a useful role to play.
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