WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) – U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Peter F. Mulrean, retired Monday leaving his post to the Deputy Chief of Mission, Brian Shukan, who will be the Charge d’Affaires until the Trump administration names a new ambassador and he or she is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
“Ambassador Mulrean is a highly regarded diplomat who has done an excellent job in Haiti and we appreciate his service. This was strictly a personal decision on his part,” a State Department official said according to the Miami Herald. “We wish him and his family all the best as they move to the next chapter of their life.”
Ambassador Mulrean was on the job for 16 months in Haiti but could tout of not having been part of any scandals as has been the case for every U.S. ambassador in the country dating back to the early 90s.
Ambassador Mulrean did not resign by January 20, 2017 as was requested by then-president-elect Donald Trump. He did take part in leading the Trump White House’s Haiti inauguration delegation on February 7, 2017.
Mr. Mulrean can be reproached for his actions pertaining to the 2015 elections. The ambassador got egg on his face in the Spring of 2016 when the election cycle was found tainted with fraud, to the tune of 92%. Mr. Mulrean had beforehand called the elections acceptable and without fraud.
Mr. Mulrean forwarded the U.S. interests during the overwhelmingly critical but calm interim presidency of former President Jocelerme Privert which led up to elections more than five years overdue, the inauguration of a president, and the first CASEC and ASEC administrations in the country in more than a decade.
The ambassador took an outspoken role advocating for a gay pride celebration in 2016 called MassiMadi. The event was banned by the Government Commissioner of Port-au-Prince Jean Danton Leger. Leger was transferred out of the capital city afterwards and many believe because of pressure placed on the Privert administration by Mr. Mulrean. Mr. Leger was quickly returned to his post following public outcry.
Mr. Mulrean can also be credited for efforts taken during the height of the Zika epidemic that swept through the Caribbean and much of Latin America. The U.S. Embassy took part in educating expectant mothers and distributing prevention kits.