US Ambassador to Panama Resigns, Citing Trump Policies

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

"That time has come", Feeley said, according to an excerpt of the letter read to Reuters.

Feely is a career diplomat and U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot veteran who acknowledged in his resignation letter that he believed he could no longer serve apolitically in the Trump administration.

Contrary to some early speculation, Feeley tendered his resignation prior to Trump's reported comments (which the president denies making).

A state department spokeswoman confirmed Feeley's departure, saying that he "has informed the White House, the state department and the government of Panama of his decision to retire for personal reasons, as of 9 March of this year".

John Feeley, 56, who worked at the State Department for almost 30 years, announced his resignation in a letter to the State Department. Trump reportedly said during a meeting with both Democrats and Republicans.

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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.

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

So widespread was the disinformation, that the State Department issued a statement correcting the record.

He has served since 2016, appointed by former president Barack Obama, in a foreign service appointment which typically lasts around three years. From 2009 to 2012, he was stationed in Mexico, where he worked as deputy chief of mission and chargé d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. "[It is] not just in the manifestation of anti-LGBT attitudes".

Feeley is the first US diplomat to resign over disagreement with the Trump administration.

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