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Roberta Jacobson, foreign policy veteran, quitting as U.S. ambassador to Mexico
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Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico and one of the State Department’s most experienced Latin America hands, is quitting, according to a memo circulated Thursday.

Jacobson, who spent 31 years as a diplomat, becomes the latest veteran foreign service officer to step down in what has become an unusual exodus of departing senior talent under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Joseph Yun, special representative on North Korea, resigned this week, and John Feeley, the ambassador to Panama, in January announced his decision to leave. Feeley said he could no longer advocate for U.S. policy in the Trump administration.

In December, Elizabeth Shackelford, a rising star at the State Department, issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Tillerson and President Trump of undercutting U.S. influence around the world. She said they had abandoned human rights as a priority and shown disdain for diplomacy.

Tillerson has come under heavy criticism from members of Congress and foreign policy experts who say he is dismantling the State Department through sharp budget cuts, organizational changes and a steady hemorrhaging of senior staff. He has rejected the criticism, saying he is trying to improve efficiency and streamline operations.

Jacobson’s departure comes at a particularly difficult time in traditionally close U.S.-Mexican relations. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto called off an official visit to the White House — for the second time — after a testy phone call with President Trump on Feb. 20.

Trump reportedly insisted on the call that Mexico pay to build a border wall, as he repeatedly promised during the 2016 campaign. Mexico has repeatedly rejected that demand, and the dispute has blocked an official visit since Trump took office last year.

Jacobson did not mention the bilateral tensions in her memo, which was distributed to employees of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, She said her resignation would take effect on May 5.

“I have come to the difficult decision that it is the right time to move on to new challenges and adventures,” Jacobson wrote. “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 previously served as assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs and played a key role in renewing U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba under former President Obama.

Those relations were downgraded last year after about two dozen U.S. personnel in Cuba suffered an array of health problems, from hearing loss to minor brain damage, and most U.S. diplomats were evacuated.

The Trump administration accused Havana of deliberately targeting the diplomats, but has been unable to explain how it was done. Cuba has denied any role in causing the symptoms.
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