After President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, reports have come in that the acting U.S. ambassador to China is calling it quits.
David Rank, who had been serving in his position in Beijing since January 2016, was only planning to be there until Trump’s new pick for the role, former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, could arrive.
However, he reportedly made the decision to leave early, directly because of Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord.
Rank stated, according to a source familiar with his resignation, that “as a parent, patriot and Christian” he could not, in good conscience, do anything to contribute to the withdrawal of the agreement.
The president has accepted his resignation, and the State Department reportedly told CNN, “Mr. Rank made a personal decision. We appreciate his years of dedicated service to the State Department.”
Rank had worked in the State Department since 1990, serving in Greece, Mauritius Taiwan, Shanghai and Afghanistan.
NBC News reported that he speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, Dari (Afghan Persian) and Greek.
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