Acting U.S. Ambassador to China Just Resigned Over Trump’s Decision to Exit Climate Deal

President Trump’s decision to quit the Paris climate agreement is already having major foreign policy consequences on both sides.

Acting U.S. Ambassador to China David Rank, who has worked in the U.S. government’s foreign service for 17 years, announced his resignation Monday evening, citing the U.S.’s sudden exit from the Paris agreement as the chief cause. Rank was serving in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in December of 2015, when former President Barack Obama signed the historic agreement that every nation in the world has signed, aside from Nicaragua (because it wasn’t strong enough), and war-torn Syria.

In a statement issued by the State Department, officials said Rank resigned for personal reasons, although CNN alleges that anonymous sources with personal knowledge of Rank’s decision confided that the recent exit from the Paris accords was the key reason. China, despite being the world’s #1 emitter of greenhouses gases, has announced it would stay firm in its commitment to meet the emissions goals outlined in the historic 2015 deal.

Rank was serving as the acting ambassador until former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, whom the Senate confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to China last month, arrives at the embassy.


Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.