U.S. ambassador to Panama resigns, says he can't work under Trump anymore

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 13, 2018

A Department of State spokesperson said Feeley told the agency on December 27 he was retiring for personal reasons.

John Feeley, the US ambassador to Panama, has written and submitted a letter of resignation, saying he is leaving the office on principle and no longer feels comfortable serving in the Trump administration.

On Friday morning, Trump denied using the term altogether, even though he has been slammed by not just Democrats that were present in the meeting, but also by some Republicans.

The resignation was made before Trump was publicly revealed to have described nations in Africa as well as Haiti as "s--hole countries".

He added: "My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come", Feeley wrote in his letter dated January 11, Reuters reported.

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Morale at the agency has flagged since Trump took office. He had met the country's Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, a day earlier.

After US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley handed in his resignation on Friday, conflicting reports about his decision quickly began to spread.

According to the State Department, his decision was made due to personal reasons.

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

Feeley's career included serving as the No. 2 official in the State Department bureau that deals with Latin America, as deputy chief of mission at the USA embassy in Mexico City and as director for Central American affairs in Washington.

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