Assistant secretary of State resigns after immigration clash: report

The State Department’s top diplomat for Latin American matters has resigned after a dispute with the White House over Guatemalan immigration policy, according to The Washington Post.

A senior administration official told the newspaper Kim Breier, assistant secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, is leaving her post after White House policy adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerTrump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' 'Just say we won,' Giuliani told Trump aides on election night: book Stephen Miller contends no president dealt better hand than Biden MORE berated her in an email chain for what he perceived as an insufficient defense of the Trump administration’s “safe third country” asylum agreement with Guatemala.

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Miller told Breier that it was "her job" to defend the agreement, which requires Central American migrants to seek asylum in Guatemala before applying for asylum in the U.S., the official added. The Post notes that it is unclear whether this was a primary cause of her resignation.

A second senior official, however, told the newspaper no such email chain exists.

While other State Department officials, including Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE, have reportedly objected to the policy, Breier, a Mexico expert, primarily took issue with White House micromanagement, according to the Post, which cited officials.

Breier was reportedly a key figure in ongoing negotiations with Mexican officials, including talks in June that eventually averted threats by the White House to impose steep tariffs on Mexican goods. Mexican officials have remained in contact with her and see her exit as a major blow to relations, CNN reported, citing Mexican sources.

The State Department is expected to announce Breier’s resignation Thursday, but President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE’s daughter Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpKushner launching investment firm in move away from politics: report Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics MORE seemingly acknowledged her departure Wednesday night, tweeting, “While Jared [Kushner] and I will miss working with you, we are happy that Emma will now get to see more of the mom she is so proud of!”

Breier follows several other top diplomats who have left the State Department in 2019, including A. Wess Mitchell, her counterpart for European affairs, and policy planning head Kiron Skinner.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. The State Department declined to comment.