State Department Official Quits Citing Trump’s ‘Appalling Incompetence’ And ‘Naked Cruelty’
This week, the Deputy Director of National Intelligence and an Assistant Secretary of State abruptly quit the Trump administration, each under highly suspicious circumstances. Now you can add State Department Foreign Service officer Chuck Park to the list as well – and there’s no mystery about why this resignation is happening.
But Mr. Park didn’t just resign, he blasted Donald Trump on his way out.
In a Washington Post op-ed, Park cited all the reasons for his resignation: Trump’s defense of white supremacists, his campaign centered around “racism, misogyny and wild conspiracy theories,” and his general idiocy. And he wasn’t done.
During an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Park unloaded on President Trump, calling his administration “incompetent” and “cruel.”
“The past three years have felt like the house is on fire,” Park told Anderson Cooper. “And not only is it on fire, but there is a man purposely lighting more fires.”
When Cooper asked what prompted him to so publicly leave his job and condemn the president, Park didn’t point to one specific moment.
“There is no single kind of straw that broke the camel’s back,” Park explained. “There is a slow buildup, and maybe I’ll call it moral distress, with each successive kind of Tweet or action. I mean, it started with the Muslim ban, the Executive Order in January 2017. And then defending white nationalists after Charlottesville. It was family separation. It was revelations about squalid detention centers.”
The ex-foreign service officer then contrasted his time working under the Obama administration with his two-and-a-half years in Trump’s administration.
“What’s different about this administration for me, and I only worked under two, but at least in my lifetime, I’ve seen a number of presidents,” Park said. “What’s different is kind of the naked unapologetic cruelty. That’s the first thing. The second thing is, you know, the sheer managerial incompetence of this administration. The rollout of the Muslim ban, that executive order, was disastrous.”
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