The tumult within the Trump administration continues with the announcement of the resignation of Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the first black woman to serve as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs.
Taylor served in the state department since Trump’s administration and has long been seen as one of Trump’s top allies, but that’s all changed in recent days.
Taylor announced her resignation to the state department with a sharply-worded rebuke to the president, writing: “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.”
I must follow the dictates of my conscience and resign as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. I am deeply grateful to you, Mr. Secretary, for empowering me to lead this team and strategically advise you over these last two years. You have shown grace and respect in listening to my opinions, and your remarkable leadership have made me a better leader and team member. I appreciate that you understand my strong loyalty to my personal convictions and values, particularly in light of recent events.
Taylor is a longtime Republican who previously worked for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). She appears to be the first high-profile administration official that has specifically resigned due to Trump’s handling of the unrest following the death of George Floyd in late May.
She did not specify which actions were taken by Trump or his administration that caused her indignance and eventual choice to quit her position.
Donald Trump has yet to publically respond to the news of Taylor’s resignation.