Fmr. Amb. to Estonia: Trump’s ‘Rhetoric’ Made Me ‘Uncomfortable’ as His Personal Representative

‘The U.S. mission to this kind of transactional relationship that he seems more comfortable with made me uncomfortable as his personal representative’

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MELVILLE: "Well, my breaking point was really the fact that the president, in his rhetoric, was incorrect in the way he was characterizing our relationship with our European allies, the nature of the NATO alliance, the history and the founding of the European Union and why it is that the United States has such an important leadership role in the transatlantic. And this whole shift from a value based language on U.S. priorities and the U.S. mission to this kind of transactional relationship that he seems more comfortable with made me uncomfortable as his personal representative. And that's the job of an ambassador is to, besides representing your country, you are the president's personal representative. So, he's the president. He gets to lead. He gets to call the policy. And so I stepped out of the way." 

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