Back in July when the State Department announced the appointment of Ambassador Foote as Special Envoy to Haiti, it said, “Special Envoy Foote brings extensive diplomatic experience to this role – including as Deputy Chief of Mission in Haiti and as the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia. The Department congratulates Special Envoy Foote as he takes on his new role and thanks him for his continued service to his country.”
Today, as his resignation in protest over Haiti policy became public, the State Department as well as the Biden White House are mounting a concerted effort to smack him down. The spoxes in Foggy Bottom and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue both had something to say; it was not to thank him for his brief service as special envoy.
State Department spox Ned Price in his statement said …”not all ideas are good ideas.” The WH spox Jen Psaki said that Ambassador Foote’s views were put forward, and they were were valued, they were heard …”. Also that “Special Envoy Foote had ample opportunity to raise concerns about migration … He never once did so.”
The State Department’s number #2 official, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman took time out from her busy schedule to give an exclusive interview to @McClatchy about this resignation – “You know, one of the ideas that Mr. Foote had was to send the U.S. military back to Haiti,” Sherman said. “It just was a bad idea.” she said. Then she said what the State Dept spox already said in his statement: “Some of those proposals were harmful to our commitment to the promotion of democracy….”. For him to say the proposals were ignored were, I’m sad to say, simply false,” Sherman said. She did say, you know, that she’s sad to say that.
Also Secretary Blinken being Tony and nice just said “I really understand the passion that comes with this.”
So then according to one reporter, an unnamed senior Biden Administration official also claimed that Ambassador Foote has a “toxic personality” & that Foote would often “shout people down and cut people off.” Toxic and shouty, and cut people off, blah, blah, blah! And this is all coming out now after he resigned in protest? When are they going to tell us he also kicks his dog?
See, here’s the thing. They’re not just saying his ideas were valued and heard but oh, they were also just bad. But hey, did you know he wanted to send troops back to Haiti? Isn’t that also bad? And in case that doesn’t work, some official told a reporter, that the guy who quit has a toxic personality and was shouty, anyway.
This appears to be the first protest resignation under the Biden Administration. And you can see the all hands effort here. It is likely that 1) they recognized that the Foote letter would resonate with a lot of people, 2) they’re looking at the domestic component and potential political fallout and 3) this serves as a warning for future dissenters on policy. Had Ambassador Foote just resigned quietly to spend more time with his family, State may have given him their “One Team” Award.
The Miami Herald says Ambassador Foote did not respond to requests for comment Thursday. Which makes the parade of named and unnamed characters talking about Foote’s resignation just stark by comparison.
Folks, he quit; he’s done. Why are y’all wasting time on the guy who already left the room?
Meanwhile, your Haiti policy is till a hot mess. Get to work, good grief!
- @StateDept Appoints Ambassador Daniel Foote as Special Envoy For Haiti July 2021
- @USEmbassyHaiti Remains Closed Following President Moïse’s Assassination (Updated) July 2021
- @StateDept Recalls Ambassador Daniel Foote From Zambia in Lame Response #TitNoTat Jan 2020
- US Embassy Zambia: Threats Against Amb. Daniel Foote For Comments on Harsh Sentencing of Gay Couple Dec 2019
- U/S Shannon Swears-In New U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote Dec 2017
Top Biden administration officials leaning pretty far forward to bash the recently-resigned special envoy for Haiti Daniel Foote, who’s a career foreign service officer, just two months after they trumpeted his hiring. https://t.co/mmEKGupw8c
— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) September 23, 2021
A senior Biden administration also claims Foote was a “toxic personality” & that Foote would often “shout people down and cut people off.” But, the official also said Foote, a career foreign service member, was not facing any form of disciplinary action for the alleged actions.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 23, 2021
"I appreciate the passion that he brought to the role," says @SecBlinken when asked about the protest resignation of the US special envoy for #Haiti, Amb. Daniel Foote. "I really understand the passion that comes with this." pic.twitter.com/QLQzUwBX0m
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) September 23, 2021
Hard to disagree with a single word in this letter. pic.twitter.com/75mSf3Z1SD
— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) September 23, 2021
I have a feeling that I will be quoting Amb. Daniel Foote, for quite some time. It’s great to see him siding with the truth. He is saying outright what Haitian activists and Civil Society org. have tried in vain to convey to the int’l community. https://t.co/5AyV9hTsGG
— Jeffsky Poincy 🇭🇹 (@jeffsky_poincy) September 23, 2021
.@StateDeptSpox accuses Special Envoy for Haiti Daniel Foote of having "mischaracterized the circumstances of his resignation."
"For him to say his proposals were ignored is simply false," Price says in statement, adding, "No ideas are ignored, but not all ideas are good ideas" pic.twitter.com/5nV6ReJdQQ
— Jennifer Hansler (@jmhansler) September 23, 2021
The special envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, resigns after just two months on the job https://t.co/6rgtDwZ3lI
— Jacqueline Charles (@Jacquiecharles) September 23, 2021