Mary Elizabeth Taylor, First Black Woman to Serve as State Department Legislative Affairs Assistant Secretary Resigns in Protest Over President Trump’s Response to ‘Racial Injustice’ That ‘Cut Sharply Against My Core Values and Convictions’

Mary Elizabeth Taylor (center), a senior official at the State Department, has resigned in protest at President Donald Trump’s (right) handling of the protests that sprung up after George Floyd was killed by a white cop. Taylor, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, submitted her resignation on Thursday. The 30-year-old, who was the youngest assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs in history and the first black woman to serve in that post, said that the president’s actions ‘cut sharply against my core values and convictions.’ Taylor, a registered Republican who formerly worked for Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, said she felt she had no choice but to resign. ‘Moments of upheaval can change you, shift the trajectory of your life, and mold your character,’ she wrote in her resignation letter. ‘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.’ Taylor began working at the State Department in October 2018. She served as the White House’s deputy director for nominations before joining the State Department. In her White House role, she helped secure more than 400 presidential appointments through the Senate, including those of conservative judge Neil Gorsuch, now a Supreme Court Justice (top left); CIA director Gina Haspel; Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and her former boss, Mike Pompeo. She is pictured bottom left with Pompeo and Gorsuch.

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SOURCE: Mail Online