A senior State Department official resigned Thursday in light of President Donald Trump’s response to racial injustice, The Washington Post reported.
Mary Elizabeth Taylor had served as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs since Trump assumed office in January 2017. She was one of the highest-ranking Black officials in the Trump administration.
Taylor submitted her resignation letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, writing that her departure followed the “dictates of my conscience.”
“Moments of upheaval can change you, shift the trajectory of your life, and mold your character,” Taylor wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The Post. “The President’s comments and actions surrounding racial injustice and Black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions.”
Taylor went on to say she was “deeply grateful” to Pompeo for “empowering me to lead this team and strategically advise you over these last two years.”