Trump's science envoy resigns, citing Trump's Charlottesville response

Kammen explained that he was displeased with Trump's behavior in general. Trump's Charlottesville response was a recent example of a deeper character problem, he said.
By Jeremy Morrow | Aug 29, 2017
President Trump lost another official this week over his Charlottesville responsethis time, U.S. Science Envoy Daniel Kammen. Kammen submitted a letter to the president in which he asserted that he could not in good conscience continue to be a part of Trump's administration.
"Acts and words matter," Kammen wrote. "To continue in my role under your administration would be inconsistent with the United States Oath of Allegiance to which I adhere."
Kammen explained that he was displeased with Trump's behavior in general. Trump's Charlottesville response was a recent example of a deeper character problem, he said.
"Your response to Charlottesville is consistent with a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism and disregards the welfare of all Americans."
Kammen's letter itself attracted attention when he posted it to Twitter and readers noticed the appearance of a hidden message. The first letter of the first sentence of each paragraph, when laid out in one row, spelled "IMPEACH."
Trump received rounds of condemnation from across the political spectrum when he initially condemned the Charlottesville violence but not the white supremacists and then afterward said that there was violence "on many sides" and that "there are many fine people on both sides."
Before Kammen, all 16 members of the White House Arts Committee and several members of Trump's business advisory council had already announced that they were resigning over the same issue. The business advisory council subsequently collapsed.
Kammen a University of California-Berkeley energy professor who was serving as science envoy to the State Department. The Obama administration brought him on board in 2010 as the first-ever Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) fellow at the agency.

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