A top State Department official quit her post late on Thursday (Friday in Manila) over President Donald Trump’s response to the surge of protests against racial injustice, the Washington Post reported late on June 19, 2020.

Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, wrote in a resignation letter Thursday obtained by the Post that "The President's comments and actions surrounding racial injustice and Black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions… "I must follow the dictates of my conscience and resign as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs," Taylor, one of the highest ranking Black women in the Trump administration, said.

Reached for comment by Paul LeBlanc of CNN, a State Department spokesperson told CNN, "We do not comment on personnel matters." Trump's efforts to address the demonstrations have, in many ways, garnered criticism and sown division. Earlier this month, he declared himself "your president of law and order" and vowed to return order to American streets using the military if widespread violence isn't quelled.

"If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Trump said in the White House Rose Garden. Taylor sent a message to her team of State Department employees acknowledging Floyd's "horrific murder" earlier this month. "For our team members who are hurting right now, please know you are not alone. You are seen, recognized, heard, and supported. I am right here with you," she wrote at the time.