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[Published: Saturday June 30 2018]

 US ambassador quits 'over Trump comments'

 
WASHINGTON 30 Jun (ANA) - The US ambassador to Estonia is resigning, reportedly in frustration at remarks made by President Donald Trump about America's European allies.
 
James D Melville said Mr Trump's comments on Nato and the EU had brought forward his decision to retire, Foreign Policy magazine reports.
 
The magazine was quoting from a private Facebook post by the envoy.
 
Mr Trump accuses Europeans of unfairly expecting America to shoulder the costs of the Nato alliance.
 
He has also imposed trade tariffs on some EU industries.
 
Other US diplomats left their posts early in recent months:
 
In January, US ambassador to Panama John Feeley resigned saying he was no longer able to serve under President Trump.
 
A month earlier, Elizabeth Shackelford resigned from her post in Nairobi where she had worked for the US mission to Somalia, saying she was quitting because the US had abandoned human rights as a priority.
 
Mr Melville is a career diplomat and took up his position as ambassador in Estonia in 2015 after being nominated by then President Barack Obama.
 
He had previously held senior diplomatic posts in several European countries and speaks Russian, German and French, according to his biography on the US state department website.(ANA)
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