With Tensions High, Trump’s Ambassador to China Is Stepping Down Terry Branstad, a former Republican governor of Iowa and early supporter of Mr. Trump’s candidacy, will leave his post as the top American diplomat in China. Branstad to volunteer for Trump campaign after stepping downEnvoy says phase one trade deal the biggest achievement in his three years in the Chinese capital. Pompeo tweet indicates US ambassador to China is leaving - The Boston GlobeThe US ambassador to China appears to be leaving his post, based on tweets posted Monday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. US ambassador to China is stepping down but no news on why or replacementUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo uses Twitter to thank Terry Branstad for serving as ambassador to China even though Beijing has not been informed. US Ambassador to China stepping down as tensions with Beijing riseTerry Branstad will be stepping down as United States Ambassador to China after more than three years in Beijing, a source confirmed to CNN Monday. US ambassador to China stepping downThe U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, will step down from his position and return from the country in October, the U.S. Embassy in China announced Monday.