Daniel Kammen, a Science Envoy for the U.S. State Department, announced his resignation in a letter following President Trump’s response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, with the first letter of every paragraph spelling out “Impeach.”
“My decision to resign is in response to your attacks on core values of the United States,” Kammen said in the letter.
“Your failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis has domestic and international ramifications.”
Mr. President, I am resigning as Science Envoy. Your response to Charlottesville enables racism, sexism, & harms our country and planet. pic.twitter.com/eWzDc5Yw6t
— Daniel M Kammen (@dan_kammen) August 23, 2017
Kammen said Trump’s response to Charlottesville is “consistent with a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism, and disregards the welfare of Americans, the global community and the planet.”
“Examples of this destructive pattern have consequences on my duties as Science Envoy,” he said.
“Your decision to abdicate the leadership opportunities and job creation benefits of the Paris Climate Accord, and to undermine energy and environmental research are not acceptable to me.”
Kammen said acts and words matter, adding that character is “vital in leadership.”
“Your actions to date have, sadly, harmed the quality of life in the United States, our standing abroad, and the sustainability of the planet,” he wrote.
The Hill added:
Trump faced bipartisan backlash for his response to the Charlottesville violence.
During a press conference last week, Trump said there is “blame on both sides” for the deadly violence in Virginia, where one person died and more were injured when a car was driven into a group of counterprotesters.
Trump on Tuesday defended his response to the violence in Charlottesville during a rally in Phoenix.