Roberta S. Jacobson, who serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, announced her resignation in May. Jacobson was the most experienced Latin America experts in the State Department, having spent most of her 31 years there focusing on the region.
In 2015, Jacobson was assigned by President Barack Obama to be Ambassador to Mexico after actively serving her position as Assistant
In her departure letter, Jacobson says:
“I have come to the difficult decision that it is the right time to move on to new challenges and adventures.”
“This decision is all the more difficult because of my profound belief in the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship and knowledge that it is at a crucial moment.”
Jacobson decided to quit at a tense situation in relations between Mexico and the United States, with President Trump guaranteeing to oblige Mexico pay to build a wall between the countries, promising to break the North American Free Trade Agreement and pledging to deport millions of Mexicans who crossed the border illegally, according to the New York Times. This constant dispute between the two countries is very likely to be the cause why Jacobson has come to a decision to abandon her post.
Trump’s violent behavior rapidly changed the commonly warm relations that the United States had developed with Mexico over the last 25 years. Throughout this period, Jacobson was left working with her Mexican counterparts to diminish increasing concern — and rage — at the new president’s tough talk. But things abruptly became much worse. As NYT reports, “diplomacy on Mexico was being routed through the White House, via the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, which left Jacobson with less authority.”
Jacobson’s extensive experience and connections in the country were of significant importance for our nation. Now, Trump will be obliged to replace the experienced ambassador, and we are all aware that this replacement will cause more damage than good for the country.