The US ambassador to Malta, Dr. Douglas Kmiec, has handed in his resignation to US president Barrack Obama after a state department report by the inspector general’s office accused Dr. Kmiec of investing too much time in spreading his religion and in writing and therefore not leaving time to dedicate to his appointed role as an ambassador. He was also reprimanded of using embassy staff in work which was not related to the embassy.
After the issue of this report, Dr. Kmiec handed in his resignation letter to Mr. Obama after feeling disappointed that the White House didn’t try to negate the report and also sent a letter to the Secretary of State, Mrs Clinton.
In the letters, Dr. Kmiec stated that the report was flawed with narrow vision and pointed out the growing of the relationship the US and Malta has enjoyed in these past couple of years and his involvement in the evacuation of US nationals that were trapped in Libya through Malta. Dr. Kmiec wrote that if the report was true, and he was neither running his embassy properly nor doing the job he was appointed to do, how then the embassy could manage such great tasks?
The report stated that “The ambassador’s outside activities have detracted from his attention to core mission goals. The ambassador should focus on embassy priorities and refrain from outside activities, including writing and speaking engagements that do not pertain directly to strengthening maritime security, promote US trade and investment and other mission goals.” The damaging report also stated that Dr. Kmiec spent several hours of each workday in the residence, devoting the majority of his time to nonofficial writings.
In the letter Dr. Kmiec sent to Mr. Obama about the inspector general, he said that, “the inspector general expressed dissatisfaction with the extent of time that I have devoted to promoting what I know you believe in most strongly, namely personal faith and greater mutual respect. I doubt very much whether one could ever spend too much time on this subject.”
Dr. Kmiec is a prominent Roman Catholic academic and constitutional lawyer, and was appointed in 2009 by Barrack Obama as a reward for his support during the 2008 White House elections. He has asked Mr. Obama to accept his resignation which will take effect in August after a Maltese National holiday Mr. Kmiec has grown fond of.
But Dr. Kmiec is not the first political appointee to the diplomatic service to resign. In January of this year, Ms Cynthia Stroum, the US ambassador to Luxembourg also resigned after she was rebuked by the inspector general’s office, which described her embassy as being in a state of dysfunction.