United States ambassador to Panama steps down

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

Speaking to reporters, Goldstein said that he was aware of Feeley's planned departure 24 in advance, before Trump's reported use of the term, and said his understanding was that the ambassador had resigned for "personal reasons".

According to CNN, Ambassador John Feely has filed his application as early as the end of December.

"Everyone has a line that they don't want to cross and we respect that", Goldstein said.

The letter goes on to say that he leaves the embassy "in good hands" and the U.S. relationship with Panama is "strong". However, he reportedly said in his resignation letter that he can no longer serve US President Donald Trump and his administration "in an apolitical fashion". Officials said Feeley's departure was communicated to the U.S.

The announcement comes while President Trump is facing accusations of racism (again) after he allegedly referred to nations in Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa as "sh*thole countries".

However, the US State Department insists that Feeley quit due to personal reasons.

Trump denied a report he made a comment about removing people who came here from Haiti after disasters struck their home country

While it's been reported that Feeley had already made a decision to resign prior to Trump's "sh*thole" comments, the underlying sentiment remains the same.

But others have wrestled with staying, feeling unsure whether they're protecting US influence or contributing to its erosion. The State Department later told reporters Feeley chose to resign back in December.

John Feeley, a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, said he was "honour-bound" to resign.

Morale at the agency has flagged since Trump took office.

While Trump has claimed that he never used the pejorative term about purported U.S. ally nation-states, multiple sources have confirmed that the president made the disparaging comments "repeatedly," cited by the Washington Post.

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