US ambassador to Panama resigns, says cannot serve Trump
WASHINGTON: US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a profession diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Division he now not feels capable of serve President Donald Trump.
“As a junior international service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical style, even after I may not agree with sure insurance policies,” Feeley mentioned, in response to an excerpt of his resignation letter learn to Reuters on Friday.
“My instructors made clear that if I believed I couldn’t do this, I might be honor sure to resign. That point has come.”
A State Division spokeswoman confirmed Feeley’s departure, saying that he “has knowledgeable the White Home, the Division of State, and the Authorities of Panama of his resolution to retire for private causes, as of March 9 of this 12 months.”
Below secretary of state Steve Goldstein mentioned Feeley’s departure was not a response to Trump’s alleged use of the phrase “shithole” to explain Haiti and African nations at a gathering on Thursday. Trump denies utilizing the time period.
Talking to reporters, Goldstein mentioned that he was conscious of Feeley’s deliberate departure 24 hours prematurely, earlier than Trump’s alleged use of the time period, and mentioned his understanding was that the ambassador had resigned for “private causes.”
“Everybody has a line that they won’t cross,” Goldstein advised reporters on the State Division. “If the ambassador feels that he can now not serve … then he has made the fitting resolution for himself and we respect that.”