Former Trump ambassador to Mexico pens op-ed detailing 'extreme' chaos under Trump

Former Trump ambassador to Mexico pens op-ed detailing 'extreme' chaos under Trump
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The former U.S. ambassador to Mexico has penned an op-ed for The New York Times detailing what she describes as “extreme” chaos in the Trump administration.

Roberta Jacobson left the Trump administration in May, and writes in the new op-ed that she felt “glad to escape the disorder” when she departed her post.

“Some chaos is normal at the start of an administration,” she writes. “But it has been extreme under Mr. Trump.”

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Jacobson, who served at the State Department for 30 years, did not mention President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE in her original announcement about her retirement. 

In the New York Times piece, Jacobson details a number of examples where she says she observed disconnect within the administration and with other nations, and says the “disarray” she witnessed “wasn’t pretty.”

“The disconnect between the State Department and the White House seems intentional, leaving ambassadors in impossible positions and our allies across the globe infuriated, alienated and bewildered,” she writes.

She criticizes Trump for declining to warn her about his early plans to exit the North American Free Trade Agreement, and for not filling more than two dozen ambassador posts, including some in “vitally important countries.”

Jacobson writes that she has “doubts” about Trump’s new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and that she thinks the administration is destroying the trust between Mexico and the U.S.

“Believing deeply in the United States-Mexico relationship, I cannot pretend anything less than relief at no longer having to defend the indefensible,” she writes.