June 22, 2020
A senior State Department official who has served in the Trump Administration since day one resigned on June 18, and laid the blame for her departure on President Donald Trump’s recent handling of racial tensions nationwide—saying that the president’s actions “cut sharply against my core values and convictions.”
Taylor’s five-paragraph resignation letter, obtained by The Washington Post, serves as an indictment of Trump’s stewardship at a time of national unrest from one of the administration’s highest-ranking African Americans and an aide who was viewed as loyal and effective in serving his presidency.
“Moments of upheaval can change you, shift the trajectory of your life, and mold your character. The President’s comments and actions surrounding racial injustice and Black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions,” Taylor wrote in her resignation letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “I must follow the dictates of my conscience and resign as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.”
Taylor, 30, was unanimously confirmed to her position in October 2018 and is both the youngest assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs in history and the first black woman to serve in that post.
e has been a pivotal behind-the-scenes figure in the administration. Tapped for her legislative expertise and strong relationship with senators because of her work for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Taylor served as the White House’s deputy director for nominations before joining the State Department.
According to the Post’s report, Taylor was viewed as a loyal member of the administration and is a lifelong member of the Republican Party. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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