Kimberly Breier, the person in charge of relations with Latin America in the State Department, announced her resignation today without mentioning reasons for her decision.
In a message posted in Spanish on Twitter, the Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America thanked President Donald Trump and the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, “for the opportunity to serve” in that position.
Breier also expressed gratitude to the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared “for their friendship and support.”
Breier, 46, was part of the National Security Council in the Presidency of George W. Bush (2001-2009), where she analyzed reports from the Central Intelligence Agency on the region, and joined the Trump administration on November 7th last year.
Newspaper Politico cited unidentified officials according to which Breier’s resignation is mainly due to his family responsibilities, although a source mentioned that as a reason for disagreement with Trump’s handling of migration and trade policies.
The Washington Post, on the other hand, said Breier objected to the recent agreement between the United States and Guatemala under which the Central American country will house migrants from other countries, mainly El Salvador and Honduras, while processing their asylum requests in the United States.
Post sources commented that Breier has not opposed Trump’s policies in the region but was uncomfortable with the level of control exercised by the White House on the issue of immigration and trade relations with Mexico.
Breier’s resignation adds to the resignation of other undersecretaries in the State Department.
Diplomats who have left the Trump Administration include A. Wess Mitchell, who was in charge of European affairs; Yleem Poblete who worked on control and verification of arms pacts, and Kiron Skinner, who ran the political planning office at the State Department.
During his ten-month term in the chancellery, Breier did not win many sympathies in Congress, as she refused to testify before legislators.
According to Congress sources that Politico did not identify, at a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, two weeks ago, Republicans Marco Rubio, from Florida, and Todd Young, from Indiana, expressed their frustration because neither Breier nor any other person from the president’s office attended two hearings regarding Central America and Colombia.