The U.S. ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, has resigned from his job. According to multiple reports, he said he can no longer work under President Donald Trump.
In his resignation letter, Feeley wrote, “As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies. My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come.”
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In a statement, the State Department said Feeley retired for “personal reasons.”
Before The Washington Post even reported that Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as “shithole countries” in a meet with lawmakers, a Panama newspaper reported Feely’s resignation.
However, the letter of resignation is dated 12/27/17 and it has nothing to do with the with President Trump’s comment regarding “shithole” countries.
According to State Department officials, Feely will serve until March 9. Deputy Chief of Mission Roxanne Cabral will assume his role until a new ambassador is appointed.
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