The US ambassador to Estonia, James Melville, will retire from the State Department next month, a move he said was prompted by Donald Trump’s jibes and treatment of European allies.
The announcement comes ahead of a summit in Brussels of NATO allies on July 11-12, which has been clouded by Trump’s angry claims that Europe is exploiting the United States by underspending on defense.
The US embassy in Tallinn said the career diplomat would retire after finishing his three-year assignment in Estonia in late July.
But in a private Facebook post first reported by Foreign Policy, Melville said frustration over Trump’s barbs had made him decide “it was time to go.”
Trump recently told fellow western leaders that the NATO alliance was “as bad as NAFTA” — a North American trade deal that he has threatened to tear up.
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