The U.S. Ambassador to Panama has tendered his resignation saying that he can no longer serve the Trump administration.
Reuters reported that John D. Feeley sent his resignation letter to the State Department. The State Department confirmed his departure from the office saying the ambassador decided to “retire for personal reasons, as of March this year.”
Part of Feeley’s resignation letter reads: “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.”
Feeley added his explanation for resigning his post: “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 is an Obama appointee. He has been in public service for 35 years, in the U.S. Marine Corps and State Department.
Feeley also mentioned in his resignation letter that he held an “unbreakable” belief in the need for close ties between American countries.
Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein said that Feeley’s resignation was not in response to alleged comments made by the President where he was said to have referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and unspecified African nations as “s***hole countries.” Feeley has already made the decision to resign even prior to the said alleged controversial comments.
Haiti, El Salvador, and the African Union representatives have all reacted to the allegations and expressed their disappointment and disagreement with the comments Trump is being of issuing.
Trump has denied making such derogatory comment against the said countries and Africa. He said he only used tough language during an Oval Office meeting on immigration reform and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.