John Feeley, US ambassador to Panama, resigns


Feeley announced his resignation Thursday, saying he could not serve under president Donald Trump. According to his resignation letter, which was obtained by Reuters, he has made a decision to leave his post because he feels that he can no longer serve under US President Donald Trump and his administration.

"Ambassador Feeley informed leadership of his decision on December 27, 2017", the State Department said.

Feeley told the US State Department in a letter that he could no longer fulfill the foreign service oath "to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies", according to Reuters, which was read part of the letter.

The U.S. State Department confirmed Feeley's departure from the post, saying that he chose to "retire for personal reasons, as of 9 March this year", according to Reuters. Trump denies the claims.

Feeley, one of the department's Latin America specialists and among its senior most officers, made clear that he had come to a place where he no longer felt able to serve under Trump.

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While it's been reported that Feeley had already made a decision to resign prior to Trump's "sh*thole" comments, the underlying sentiment remains the same.

"Everyone has a line that they will not cross", "Goldstein told reporters at the State Department".

Throughout his 35 years in both the nation's Marines and Department of State, the ambassador dedicated his efforts to supporting integration and maintaining good relations between the Americas.

He said his understanding was that the ambassador had resigned for "personal reasons".

Despite defenses from outspoken voices in conservative media, President Trump has confusingly offered a denial that also acts as confirmation of his "sh*thole" remark regarding immigrants from Africa, El Salvador, and Haiti.