Rank leaves State Department

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David Rank

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  Samuel@thethinkering.com


A top American diplomat in China has resigned his post due to his disapproval of White house decisions.  Charge d’affaires officer David Rank announced his decision after the U.S. pull out of the landmark climate change treaty.

In a recent speech to embassy staff, he said his resignation was due to being asked to do something in support of a policy this past weekend that as a “Parent, Patriot and Christian” he simply could not do in good conscience. 

According to reports, during an interview Scott Mulhauser, former chief of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said of Rank, "There is a reason he's received ever-tougher postings from presidents and secretaries on all sides of the political spectrum — he's as savvy as they come, remains cool in crises, has impeccable judgement and always puts his country first. He is one of the finest officers and one of the most impressive people I've ever met.”  He continued, "Dave Rank is the best America has to offer."

Rank spoke Mandarin Chinese, French Greek and Dari (Afghan Persian) and has served in Greece, Mauritius, Shanghai, Afghanistan and Taiwan. 

The Paris Climate Agreement was signed by nearly 200 countries and only the Untied States, Syria and Nicaragua did not.  The other two countries didn’t sign the agreement because they did not believe it went far enough. 

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