Mar 1, 2018

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico to step down

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, said on Thursday that she will depart from her post in May.

Why it matters: Her decision comes amid strained relations between the U.S. and Mexico with President Trump threatening to end NAFTA and still insisting Mexico pay for a wall along the U.S-Mexican border. This is also the latest in a series of diplomatic departures under the current administration.

The backdrop: The New York Times, which first reported Jacobson’s departure, cited analysts saying she’s one of the State Department's most experienced officials on Latin America, with three decades of experience. The Times reports that the Trump administration has already selected a nominee to replace Jacobson, however, it hasn’t announce the candidate. She was appointed ambassador in 2015 by then-President Obama.

Jacobson's statement on Twitter:

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve my country as ambassador to Mexico. After 31 years of service for the American government, I will leave at the beginning of May in search of other opportunities. I do so knowing that the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. is strong and important, and that the incredible team of our mission in Mexico will continue making sure it stays that way. In this moment, I don't have information about who will be my successor. I keep Mexico in my soul and in my heart and I will continue doing everything in my power to live up to my words. Together we are stronger!

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