WASHINGTON (AP) – In a highly unusual move, American diplomats have drafted two cables condemning President Donald Trump’s fatal assault on the Capitol and urging administrative officials to potentially support the 25th Amendment appeal, to remove him from office.
Foreign officials and civil servants used the State Department’s so-called « dissent channel » fearing that Wednesday’s siege seriously undermined US credibility in promoting and defending democratic values abroad could.
« If we do not hold the president publicly accountable, it would further damage our democracy and our ability to effectively achieve our foreign policy goals abroad, » reads the second of the two cables, the end of the last Week distributed among diplomats and then sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were leadership.
The cable urged Pompeo to support all legitimate efforts made by Vice President Mike Pence and other cabinet members to protect the country, including through « the possible implementation of the procedures provided for in Article 4 of the 25th Amendment, if applicable ». The change allows the vice president and a majority of the cabinet to declare a president in office, and the vice president then becomes incumbent president.
The cables were an extraordinary protest by American diplomats against a sitting U.S. president that went on for a long time complained about the Trump administration ignoring and downgrading its role and expertise. The dissent channel is usually used to oppose certain foreign policy decisions. The two most recent cables appear unprecedented in their scope and characterization of the president as a threat to the country.
The cables also reflect anger over the reaction of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a loyal ally of Trump, to the uprising .
Pompeo has condemned the violence in the Capitol, but has not addressed the role Trump played in encouraging his supporters who stormed the building. Pompeo has also failed to address the aftermath or acknowledge that American diplomats overseas may now have new difficulties in promoting democracy.
Trump himself has railed about what he sees as infidelity at the State Department. He once publicly referred to it – and in front of Pompeo and reporters – as « the deep State Department, » an indication of what Trump and his supporters think of a cabal of entrenched bureaucrats trying to undermine his policies.
It wasn’t Immediately apparent how many diplomats signed the cables, both of which were viewed by The Associated Press.
The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
« It is important that the State Department explicitly denounces President Trump’s role in this violent attack on the US government, » the first of the two cables said, adding added that the president’s own comments should not be used « as he is not credible ». Vote on this matter. «
» Just as we routinely denounce foreign leaders who use violence and intimidation to interfere with peaceful democratic processes and override the will of their constituents, should also be included in the Ministry’s public statements on this episode President Trump is mentioned by name. « It is important that we let the world know that no one in our system – not even the President – is above the law or immune to public criticism. »
« This would be a first step to repair the damage to our international credibility, « it said. » It would allow the beacon of democracy to shine despite this dark episode. It would also send a strong message to our friends and opponents that the State Department has an ethos of integrity and applies objective standards when it condemns attacks on democracy at home or abroad. ”
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It also said Pompeo should support all efforts by Vice President Mike Pence and other cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office.
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