Top career US diplomat in China embassy steps down

David Rank, the deputy chief of mission at the United States embassy in Beijing, had been serving as acting ambassador to China while waiting for former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Trump's pick, to assume the ambassadorship.

ABC's Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos hyped Rank's resignation as a sign that "The President also facing resistance now inside the foreign service".

This comes after we heard from the acting ambassador in Great Britain praising the mayor of London at the very time that the President was attacking the mayor of London. He said his conscience prevented him from carrying out his duties after Trump's decision on the climate-change agreement, according to people who were at the meeting.

On Tuesday, the network morning shows were delighted by the news that diplomat David Rank had resigned from his post as Acting U.S. Ambassador to China over President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate deal.

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Polley said the embassy informed China's foreign affairs ministry on Monday that Jonathan Fritz would be serving as charge d'affaires. If they're being this open in their dissent, they're not just speaking for themselves. Anchors touted the departure as "more fallout" from the White House rejecting the environmental agreement and evidence of a "revolt in the foreign service".

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The number two official at the US embassy in Beijing, a 27-year veteran of the foreign service, has resigned.

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Rank did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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