John Feeley, US Ambassador To Panama, Quits Because He Can No Longer Serve Under President Trump

Chris York

US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no longer feels able to serve President Donald Trump.

“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,” Feeley said, according to an excerpt of his resignation letter read to Reuters.

A State Department spokeswoman confirmed Feeley’s departure, saying that he “has informed the White House, the Department of State, and the Government of Panama of his decision to retire for personal reasons, as of March 9 of this year.”

John Feeley pictured in 2010. (Eliana Aponte / Reuters)

Feely’s decision comes the day after it was alleged Trump described Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries”, a charge he has denied.

The President was reportedly being informed of the impact of immigrants from Haiti and African nations when he reportedly asked: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?

“We should have more people from places like Norway.”

But a statement last night from the White House appeared to back up the allegations and did not offer a denial of the terms used.

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