On Wednesday, Professor Daniel Kammen resigned from his position as a science envoy for the State Department.
According to the State Department’s website, Kammen is still listed as one of the seven envoys who typically serve for about a year. Kammen was appointed by former President Barack Obama.
Kammen is an energy professor and the Energy and Resources group chair at the University of California at Berkeley.
In his resignation letter to Trump, Kammen criticized the way Trump responded to the violence in Charlottesville. He explained that his decision to resign was “in response to your attacks on core values of the United States.” He described Trump’s response as being “consistent with a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism.”
Kammen is married to a Nigerian-American woman and has biracial kids.
“I can’t stand with this President and then go home and tell my kids, ‘Gee, I’m working with someone who seems to be promoting neo-Nazis, racism, sexism,'” he said.
In his letter, he also included a message for Trump by spelling out the word “impeach” using the first letter of each paragraph.
“It was sadly easy to step down because I view what the President is saying as inconsistent with what’s in the best interests of the country and my mandate as science envoy,” Kammen continued. “But it was hard to step down because I really value the relationships with the individuals (at the State Department) and the relationships with these foreign governments, and I don’t want to step away from that.”
He told CNN that he plans to continue working on energy projects with California and other foreign governments. He also stated, “It’s just, in my view, not possible to work with the White House right now.”
According to Julia Mason, a State Department spokeswoman, Kammen’s resignation was a “personal decision.”
She added, “We appreciate his dedicated service to U.S. scientific diplomacy during his appointment working on energy efficiency and renewable energy in Africa as a Science Envoy.”
Below is Kammen’s resignation letter. Take notice of the first letter in each paragraph:
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
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