Ambassador to Panama calls it quits in powerful statement- says he cannot work under Trump (Details)

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According to multiple sources, the U.S. ambassador to Panama resigned from his position, citing that he can no longer serve under Trump.

In his resignation letter, John Feeley wrote, “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.”

He continued, “My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come.”

The U.S. State Department has confirmed Feeley’s departure, stating 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.”

His resignation comes after Trump reportedly called Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries a “shithole” during an Oval Office meeting.

During the meeting, Trump stated, “Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?”

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Trump has denied that he used the term but he admitted that he was speaking in a “tough” manner during the meeting.

Despite Feeley’s statement, Under-Secretary of State Steve Goldstein tried to argue that Feeley’s resignation was not in response to Trump’s “shithole” remarks.

Goldstein stated, “Everyone has a line that they will not cross.”

He continued, “If the ambassador feels that he can no longer serve … then he has made the right decision for himself and we respect that.”

Feeley was appointed by Barack Obama and has been in public service for 35 years.


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