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Top US Diplomat in Europe to Resign

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By    |   Tuesday, 22 January 2019 12:56 PM

The top U.S. diplomat in charge of European affairs will resign this February, citing personal and professional reasons in a letter obtained by The Washington Post.

“As the administration completes its second year in office, I feel that I have completed what I set out to do in taking this position,” wrote A. Wess Mitchell, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, particularly noting his work helping create a strategy for Europe and assisting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo take over after his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, was dismissed last March.

“As such, I believe that the time has come for me to spend more time with my young family, who have endured many days without me over the past several months,” he wrote.

Mitchell added that he is not resigning as a form of protest against Pompeo, but rather so he can spend more time with his family, and specifically his children.

“I’m fully supportive of him, the job he’s doing, the leadership team here,” he said. “But I feel like I’ve done what I came in to do. My kids have a greater claim to my time right now than the public does.”

“I have two big reasons to do this,” Mitchell wrote later. “One is named Wesley. The other one is named Charlotte.”

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