US Ambassador to Mexico Will Resign Amid Trump Administration Tensions

US ambassador to Mexico to step down in May

The United States ambassador to Mexico announced that she will leave office this spring, amid tense relations between the two countries. I commend Ambassador Jacobson for her years of invaluable service to the United States, not only as ambassador to Mexico, but also as an instrumental voice in our work to improve the lives of the Cuban people.

In a note to embassy staff, Jacobson said, "The 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".

Appointed by former President Barack Obama, Jacobson became ambassador to Mexico in May 2016, after serving as the State Department's Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Many expected Trump to quickly ditch Jacobson due to her links to the Obama administration, and her often-vocal differences with some of the US president's declarations, such as his proposed border wall.

Joseph Yun, special representative on North Korea, resigned earlier this week, and John Feeley, the USA ambassador to Panama, announced his decision to leave in January. The two countries, along with Canada, are now in the seventh round of talks in Mexico City to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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"How quickly they move to replace Roberta Jacobson in Mexico is going to be really, really important because we can't have this kind of relationship running on auto-pilot", says Olson. "And that we are stronger together".

Later on Twitter, Jacobson, 57, said in Spanish that after 31 years working for the USA government, it has been an "honor and a pleasure to serve" as ambassador.

The U.S. ambassador to Panama, John Feely, announced his decision to quit in January, saying that he could no longer advocate for U.S. policy under the Donald Trump administration.

Roberta Jacobson, the US ambassador to Mexico, will step down from her post in May. "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".

In her message to staff at the Mexico City Embassy, Jacobson ended by endorsing strong U.S. -Mexico ties.

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Despite that claim, bilateral relations are now at a low point.

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, attends a groundbreaking ceremony for the new U.S. embassy, slated to cost almost $1 billion, in Mexico City, Feb. 13, 2018.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and President Trump had a testy phone call last week that led to the cancelation of a planned meeting between the two leaders.

"No career official has more consummately understood US-Mexico relations", said Carlos Pascual, a former US ambassador to Mexico and Ukraine. However, she faced opposition from some lawmakers who disagreed with her role in improving U.S. -Cuba relations.

At a time when distrust of the United States is high in Mexico, Guajardo said Jacobson is viewed warmly by Mexicans.

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