President Trump intends to nominate Ed Whitacre, the former chairman and CEO of General Motors, to be USA ambassador to Mexico, according to Reforma.
"I have come to the hard decision that it is the right time to move on to new challenges and adventures", Roberta Jacobson wrote in a letter to the State Department. With the Trump Administration's all-out offensive on the U.S. -Mexico relationship, the American people have been fortunate to have Roberta in Mexico City. She did not give a reason for the resignation.
US Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson announced on Thursday that she was stepping down as the two countries' problems grew.
For Jacobson, the ambassadorial post was the culmination of a career largely centered in Washington, where she was most recently the assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs.
Many expected Trump to ditch Jacobson due to her links to the Obama administration and her often-vocal differences with the new US president's proposals, including his border wall.
The countries are now in a seventh round of talks in Mexico City on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, along with Canada. Trump has frequently threatened to walk away from the trade pact if the USA does not get what he considers a better deal.
Roberta Jacobson, 57, has served in the position for just under two years but has worked for the U.S. Department of State for 31 years, mainly in roles focusing on Latin America.
Jacobson is the United States' first female ambassador to Mexico.
"This is a huge loss, for both countries", says Arturo Sarukhan, a former Mexican ambassador to the USA who has known and worked with Jacobson since the 1980s.
Officials in Mexico, as well as former colleagues, lamented her departure, calling is the latest blow to strained Mexican-American relations. "So I think she'll be missed". But President Trump and his administration continue to jeopardize this crucial relationship with destructive rhetoric and policies that belittle the Mexican people, demonize immigrants, and undermine trade between our two nations. Earlier this week, Ambassador Joseph Yun, the top diplomat in charge of North Korea policy, announced his resignation. The Washington Post reported that, according to anonymous US and Mexican officials, the White House planned to appoint Edward Whitacre, the former CEO of General Motors and AT&T, as ambassador.
Whitacre has also been a board member of Exxon Mobil and a former president of the Boy Scouts. It was long rumored that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would leave his post, a claim the White House denied in December. After she arrived in Mexico City, the honeymoon period did not last long.
Jacobson tweeted that she will leave "with Mexico in my soul and in my heart".
Jacobson made the announcement in a letter sent to embassy staff. "You know how great our two countries are. And that we are stronger together", she concluded.