Mary Elizabeth Taylor
Mary Elizabeth Taylor

Mary Elizabeth Taylor, one of the highest-ranking Black officials in the Trump administration, has resigned to protest the president 's handling of racial issues.

"Moments of upheaval can change you, shift the trajectory of your life, and mold your character," she wrote in a letter to secretary of state Mike Pompeo. "The President’s comments and actions surrounding racial injustice and Black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions."

As special assistant for legislative affairs at the State Dept., Taylor shepherded the nominations of Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch, CIA director Gina Haspel and Pompeo through the Senate, as well as more than 400 other nominations, according to her State Dept. bio.

The Washington Post called Taylor "a pivotal behind-the-scenes figure in the administration." At 30, she was the youngest person to hold her State Dept. job and the first Black woman to do so.

Prior to joining the Trump Team, Taylor worked in the office of majority leader Mitch McConnell, serving as his liaison to Democratic leaders on legislative and executive matters.